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International Journal of the Sociology of Language

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Volume 2010, Issue 202


Analysis of language policy discourses across the scales of space and time

Francis M. Hult
Published Online: 2010-03-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl.2010.011


The ecology of language has been put forward as a useful orientation to the holistic investigation of multilingual language policies because it draws attention to relationships among speakers, languages, policies, and social contexts at varying dimensions of social organization. As such, it is an orientation that stands to facilitate the integration of micro- and macro-sociolinguistic inquiry in language policy and planning (LPP); however, it is not a method. An ecological orientation requires the application of specific methods in order to achieve a holistic picture of an LPP situation. To this end, the present article explores how recent discourse analytic theories and methods that focus on ways in which discursive processes operate within and across space and time are especially well suited to the ecological objective of understanding relationships between language policies and the social actions of individuals.

Keywords:: ecology of language; language policy; discourse analysis; nexus analysis; scales; methods

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Published Online: 2010-03-11

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Citation Information: International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Volume 2010, Issue 202, Pages 7–24, ISSN (Online) 1613-3668, ISSN (Print) 0165-2516, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl.2010.011.

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