Current Issues in Language Planning (Curr Issues Lang Plann)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

Multilingual Matters Ltd is pleased to announce this new journal for 2000. It will provide major summative and review studies spanning and focusing the disparate language policy and language planning literature related to: 1) polities and 2) major issues in the field. The journal will bring together two types of material: "The Language Situation inÖ." and "Issues in Language Planning". The unique feature of the second section is the use of web database technology to invite comment on an extended abstract before publication of an issue and the papers for two or three months after publication. After the discussion is closed, the editors will prepare a digest for publication in a subsequent issue of the journal.

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Website Current Issues in Language Planning website
Other titles Current issues in language planning (Online), Current issues in language planning
ISSN 1466-4208
OCLC 49479527
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • Current Issues in Language Planning 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/14664208.2016.1105909

  • Current Issues in Language Planning 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/14664208.2015.1099510

  • Current Issues in Language Planning 11/2015; DOI:10.1080/14664208.2016.1108481
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    ABSTRACT: Although the teaching of English as a foreign language in primary schools has emerged as one of the major language-in-education policy decisions, students’ perspectives on primary English have received very little research attention. Drawing on data from a larger study, this paper depicts primary school students’ lived experiences in the English classroom in Vietnam. The methodological framework of the study draws upon the Mosaic approach that integrates multimodality and ethnographic methods. The framework helps to connect school and home factors with language policy issues and provides access to the complexity, relevance and maturity of students’ perspectives. Insights from the study reveal tensions between policy expectations and classroom realities, which undermine the government's policy goals of developing citizens’ English proficiency for participation in a globalised economy. Moreover, the hidden trend towards the privatisation of the public sector English education has consequences for social justice, as students from more modest family backgrounds are unable to utilise resources and learning opportunities to which their counterparts from wealthier families have easy access.
    Current Issues in Language Planning 10/2015; DOI:10.1080/14664208.2016.1089629

  • Current Issues in Language Planning 10/2015; DOI:10.1080/14664208.2016.1089626
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    ABSTRACT: Prof. Baldauf was one of the first who saw the planning agency as a central issue in examining the effectiveness of language planning (LP) endeavors (e.g. Baldauf, R. B. Jr. (1982). The language situation in American Samoa: Planners, plans and planning. Language Planning Newsletter, 1(8), 1–6). This paper chooses the language academy (LA) as a representation of language agency and examines its role in Chinese LP in modern history. China does not have an LA in the sense the term is used elsewhere in the world as Kaplan and Baldauf [(1997). Language planning from practice to theory. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters] describe. However, a constellation of official or semi-official LP organizations of various LA formats related to Chinese LP has existed through a century of the Chinese language modernization movement. This paper evaluates the efforts of these organizations with a focus on the interaction between the LP activities, the LP agency and socio-political conditions. We argue that the socio-political landscape as an enabler for LP in China has seen phenomenal changes as a result of the economic development and technological advancement in recent decades; the societal behavior of the people as the targeted recipients of LP goods has been increasingly governed by a postmodernist mentality. In this context, this paper concludes that a national LA would enhance the effectiveness of future LP ventures in the Chinese context.
    Current Issues in Language Planning 10/2015; DOI:10.1080/14664208.2015.1094386
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    ABSTRACT: In the early 1990s, the government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) enacted educational reform. It officially abandoned its English-only policy at elementary school level, in favour of community languages. In response, the Kairak community of East New Britain Province developed a vernacular literacy programme. This paper, based on original fieldwork research in PNG, assesses the viability of Kairak vernacular literacy in the context of the community's broader literacy practices. While mother tongue literacy is generally regarded by linguists and policy-makers as the best-case scenario, it can pose a variety of practical challenges in the classroom. This paper examines the community's micro-planning processes and cautions that the agents of micro planning must be wary of applying, wholesale, the policies of neighbouring communities to their own situation (“copycat” language planning (LP)). It also discusses the influence that language ideologies (vis-à-vis the vernacular, Tok Pisin, and English) have on LP. The paper concludes by recommending that in rural elementary schools with mixed linguistic populations, PNG's (northern) lingua franca, Tok Pisin, may in fact be a more sensible choice for the teaching of initial literacy.
    Current Issues in Language Planning 07/2015; 16(3):1-20. DOI:10.1080/14664208.2015.1042828
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    ABSTRACT: Manchester (England), one of the first industrial cities, is now home to over 150 languages. Ethnic minority and migrant communities take active steps to maintain heritage languages in commerce and through education. The paper introduces a model for a holistic approach to profiling urban multilingualism that relies on triangulating a variety of quantitative data sets, observations, and ethnographic interviews. We examine how responses to language diversity reflect an emerging new civic identity, but at the same time rely on private and voluntary sector initiative: While the city officially brands itself as multicultural to attract foreign investment, language provisions are local, responsive, and de-centralised and often outsourced, and aim primarily at ensuring equal access to public services rather than to safeguard or promote cultural heritage or even to cultivate language skills as a workforce resource that is vital to economic growth. In such a complex and dynamic setting, there is a need for a mechanism to continuously monitor changes in language profiles and language needs.
    Current Issues in Language Planning 06/2015; 16(3):1-20. DOI:10.1080/14664208.2015.1048925

  • Current Issues in Language Planning 04/2015; DOI:10.1080/14664208.2014.972534
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    ABSTRACT: This article considers a fundamental issue in language planning, namely, whether or not to introduce a curriculum for the mother tongue (MT), in the wider context of a complex language planning situation in Thailand. It details recent moves in the consideration of this issue for the Thai Lao (Isan) of Northeast Thailand, Thailand's largest ethnolinguistic minority. The curriculum is being spearheaded by the Isan Culture Maintenance and Revitalization Programme (ICMRP), a four-year programme 90% funded by the European Union. The article reports on a 2012 attitude survey of 1500 purposively sampled citizens of Khon Kaen Municipality, a decentralized Thai municipality, in a comprehensive community-based mixed-method research study designed to determine whether or not to introduce the MT as a subject in the formal curriculum as part of a multilingual education. This article reports on the results of this survey, which were seen as positive, especially for the revitalization of a community script, Tai Noi. The article concludes with a discussion, referring to Hornberger's 1994 language planning matrix, of the implications for language planning, including limitations in a sensitive area of ethnic relations and national identity.
    Current Issues in Language Planning 03/2015; 16(3):1-21. DOI:10.1080/14664208.2015.1023420
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    ABSTRACT: The Irish language is recognised in Bunreacht na hÉireann [The Constitution of Ireland] as the national and first official language, and provisions to support the language are to found in c.120 specific enactments in Irish legislation. In 2007, the Irish language was designated as an official working language of the European Union. In 2003, the Irish Government enacted the Official Languages Act to ensure better availability and a higher standard of public services through Irish. This was to be principally achieved by placing a statutory obligation on public bodies to make specific provision for the delivery of such services in a coherent and agreed way. This obligation is known as a ‘language scheme’. This paper critically reviews the language schemes as a vehicle for service delivery based on the evidence over 10 years of the operation of the Act. The paper also refers to a lesser degree to other analogous cases, most notably Scotland and Wales. As the Office of the Language Commissioner is charged with ensuring that the schemes are implemented, the paper will review the data provided by the Language Commissioner in 10 annual reports and other publications. The final section of the paper presents a view based on the data as to the strengths and weaknesses of language schemes as instruments for language planning.
    Current Issues in Language Planning 01/2015; 16(4):1-14. DOI:10.1080/14664208.2014.979648

  • Current Issues in Language Planning 01/2015; 16(1-2):1-7. DOI:10.1080/14664208.2014.992190

  • Current Issues in Language Planning 12/2014; 16(1-2):173-180. DOI:10.1080/14664208.2014.992195
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    ABSTRACT: In the Czech Republic, Romani language planning has long been a controversial subject. The question informing the current research is whether the European Charter's goal of protecting, maintaining and invigorating Romani is attainable in a culture driven by standard language ideology, Czech society's aversion to multiculturalism and an overall hostility toward the Roma and Romani. I seek to clarify specific obstacles that stand in the way of attaining positive outcomes from planning Romani. The article discusses whether further standardization of Romani by teaching it is the way to protect Romani, whether gradual integration of the Roma is a way to maintain a community couched in vernacular culture and whether Romani should be saved as an identity value for its speakers, a cultural entity, historical database and an academic subject.
    Current Issues in Language Planning 12/2014; 16(1-2):1-17. DOI:10.1080/14664208.2014.947014
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    ABSTRACT: Language policy is a mechanism determining the uses of language generally; here it examines the role of the English language in the emerging USA. Inspired by Spanish riches deriving from the ‘New World’ during the sixteenth century, the first English people to settle permanently in North America hoped for similar riches. In North America, the norm of language usage in the colonies remained that of the motherland until approximately the time of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). Thereafter, American English was no longer a variety of the English of London, but rather had entered its national period. (The developments in Canada were somewhat different.) Major arguments in defense of American English are presented in this paper to establish the strength of the belief, the names of key historical actors, and responsibility for the fascination with and dedication to American English. Simultaneously, dedication to American English has implied the responsibility of immigrants to learn it immediately, as well as defense against the inroads of any other language. Political independence was soon followed by cultural independence.
    Current Issues in Language Planning 12/2014; 16(1-2):1-14. DOI:10.1080/14664208.2014.947016

  • Current Issues in Language Planning 12/2014; 16(1-2):169-172. DOI:10.1080/14664208.2014.992192