[lg policy] question for the members of this list

Stacy Churchill schurchill at OISE.UTORONTO.CA
Sun Jan 3 02:00:38 UTC 2010


Happy New Year. Yes, the snippets are exactly on topic for any modern or
post-modern conceptualization of language policy. Keep them coming; it's
easy to delete any that are not interesting to us but very hard to find
the little treasures that suit our own idiosyncratic research interests. 

[Mr.] Stacy Churchill, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Education Policy and Minority Education Policy
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Univ. of Toronto

Emeritus Research Fellow/ Chercheur émérite
Institut de langues officielles et du bilinguisme, Université d'Ottawa

Postal address (Residence) 
10 Riverside Crescent
Toronto, Ontario M6S 1B6

Telephone: (1) 416-769-0843 (residence)
 e-mail: schurchill at oise.utoronto.ca

Language Policy List <lgpolicy-list at groups.sas.upenn.edu> writes:
>I have a question that I would like an answer to.  I receive a daily
>"google alert" on the topic of "language policy." This is a service
>I requested of Google, and what they do is search the web for any
>mention of "language" and "policy" in the messages they
>transmit.  They compile a list and forward it to me, and I read the
>messages to see if they are germane to our topic. (Many
>are not--many messages talk about the "language" of a policy, by which
>they mean the wording of the text, not the human
>organ of speech and/or a named variety of language.)
>Recently, the google alerts have been turning up bibliographic items
>such as articles or monographs about language policy,
>and I have forwarded some of these to the list.  Nobody has complained
>about this, but I wonder if this is useful to anyone. For example,
>yesterday I forwarded a message about the language policy of the Food
>and Agricultural Organization, a two-line squib mentioning
>which order they list language icons in.  Others have been from
>various jurisdictions in South Africa, which seems to be requiring
>or at least urging people to formulate a language policy, and make it
>known; these have included the Stellenbosch University,
>the government of the Western Cape, and others.  Further examples
>include departments of a Danish university, such as the Engineering
>Since I always tell my students that language policies can be found in
>lots of different nooks and crannies of the world, not just
>the governments of states, but religious organizations, labor unions,
>and other jurisdictions and polities, these are good examples
>of that.  It also reminds us that sometimes a body may have a covert
>policy, i.e. one that assumes that a certain language will
>be "official" but doesn't state it explicitly.  These, of course, get
>no mention.
>Anyway, my question is: would you like me to continue to forward these
>"mini-squibs" about language policy, e.g. in the FAO,
>or should I be more judicious?
>Thanks, and Happy New Year!
>H. Schiffman
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