[lg policy] history of the term "language ideology"

Dave Sayers dave.sayers at CANTAB.NET
Fri Oct 18 08:02:01 UTC 2013

Hello folks,

Does anyone know the first use of the term "language ideology", along the lines that 
it's currently used in language policy?

To avoid list-spamming and overlap, I've made a publicly editable Google document 
(i.e. anyone can edit; no sign-in required) here: http://goo.gl/rjM0KX.

I've added some to get us started -- these include the earliest examples I can find, 
as well as a thoroughly shameless entry for my own recent article (I need all the 
publicity I can get -- anyone want to employ me next year??):

Dahlstedt, Karl-Hampus. 1976. Societal ideology and language cultivation: the case of 
Swedish. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 10(1): 17–50.

Khubchandani, Lachman M. 1977. Language Ideology and Language Development. 
International Journal of the Sociology of Language 13(1): 33–52.

Hsiau, A-chiu. 1997. Language ideology in Taiwan: The KMT's language policy, the Tai- 
yu language movement, and ethnic polities. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural 
Development 18(4): 302–315.

Sayers, Dave. 2012. Standardising Cornish: The politics of a new minority language. 
Language Problems & Language Planning 36(2): 99–119.

Verschueren, Jef. 2012. Ideology in Language Use: Pragmatic Guidelines for Empirical 
Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Please take note of the box at the top, and fit your entry into the list in date 
order, not alphabetical order. That should make it simpler to get an idea of the 
chronology of the term. (And if you want to find a specific entry, just search the 


Dr. Dave Sayers
Honorary Research Fellow, Arts & Humanities, Swansea University, UK
Visiting Lecturer (2013-14), Dept English, University of Turku, Finland
dave.sayers at cantab.net
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