[lg policy] bibitem: Rearticulating the Case for Micro Language Planning in a Language Ecology Context

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 18 14:56:21 UTC 2011

Rearticulating the Case for Micro Language Planning in a Language
Ecology Context

Current Issues in Language Planning
Volume 7, Issue 2 & 3, 2006, Pages 147 - 170
Author: Richard B. Baldauf
DOI: 10.2167/cilp092.0


Language planning is normally thought of in terms of large-scale,
usually national planning, often undertaken by governments and meant
to influence, if not change, ways of speaking or literacy practices
within a society. It normally encompasses four aspects: status
planning (about society), corpus planning (about language),
language-in-education (or acquisition) planning (about learning), and
(most recently) prestige planning (about image). When thinking about
these aspects, both policy (i.e. form) and planning (i.e. function)
components need to be considered as well as whether such policy and
planning will be overt or covert in terms of the way it is put into
action. Language policy and planning on this scale has dominated
current work in the field. However, over the past decade language
planning has taken on a more critical edge and its ecological context
has been given greater emphasis, leading to an increasing acceptance
that language planning can (and does) occur at different levels, i.e.
the macro, meso and micro. This shift in focus has also led to a
rethinking of agency - who has the power to influence change in these
micro language policy and planning situations. Given this break with
the dominant macro history, the question may be asked, is this
developing notion of micro language planning and local agency actually
language planning? If so, what are its parameters? Micro language
planning studies are examined to illustrate trends in the literature.


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