LINGUIST List 11.2702

Wed Dec 13 2000

Calls: Kluwer Academic Publishers - New journal

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  1. Bernard Spolsky, Kluwer Academic Publishers - New journal called LANGUAGE POLICY

Message 1: Kluwer Academic Publishers - New journal called LANGUAGE POLICY

Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 21:11:51 +0200
From: Bernard Spolsky <>
Subject: Kluwer Academic Publishers - New journal called LANGUAGE POLICY

Kluwer Academic Publishers will shortly announce the launching in 2002 of a
journal, to be called LANGUAGE POLICY.

The goal of the new journal will be to provide an outlet for high quality
studies of general language policy and of language education policy. It will
include detailed accounts of the making of language policy and of its
implementation - what people or agencies are involved, what is done, why it
is tried, how it turns out -, of research dealing with the development of
policy in all regions of the world under different conditions, with the ways
policy is carried out, and with the outcomes; analyses of policy developed
by governments and governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and
business enterprises, and studies of ethnic and religious and minority
groups attempting to resist or modify language policies. It will also
publish empirical studies that are directly relevant to policy, such as
studies of the local effects of the developing European policy of starting
language teaching earlier, or of the numbers of hours of instruction needed
to achieve competence, or of the effect of language policies on selection
and training of language teachers. Other suitable topics include the legal
basis for language policy, the effects of policy of language acquisition,
the impact of language policy on the distribution of power and resources the
role of social identity in policy development, the influence of political
ideology on language policy, the role of economics, policy as a reflection
of social change, the relation between rights and language policies,
literacy policy, policy on translation, interpretation and other language
services, and efforts to resist language loss. We seek papers that deal,
individually and comparatively, with the widest range of cases, situations
and regions, and that promise to contribute to building a sound theoretical
understanding of the field.

The call for papers, which will appear next month, will give further

Preliminary enquiries or offers of papers can be sent to the Editors:
Bernard Spolsky
Elana Shohamy
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