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Research Methods in Language Policy and Planning: A Practical Guide

ISBN: 978-1-118-34044-8
280 pages
April 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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This is the first volume exclusively devoted to research methods in language policy and planning (LPP).

  • Each chapter is written by a leading language policy expert and provides a how-to guide to planning studies as well as gathering and analyzing data
  • Covers a broad range of methods, making it easily accessible to and useful for transdisciplinary researchers working with language policy in any capacity
  • Will serve as both a foundational methods text for graduate students and novice researchers, and a useful methodological reference for experienced LPP researchers
  • Includes a series of guidelines for public engagement to assist scholars as they endeavor to incorporate their work into the public policy process
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Foreword xii

Thomas Ricento

1 Introduction: The Practice of Language Policy Research 1
Francis M. Hult and David Cassels Johnson

Part I Fundamental Considerations 7

2 Selecting Appropriate Research Methods in LPP Research: Methodological Rich Points 9
Nancy H. Hornberger

3 Researcher Positionality 21
Angel M.Y. Lin

4 Ethical Considerations in Language Policy Research 33
Suresh Canagarajah and Phiona Stanley

5 Language Policy and Political Theory 45
Stephen May

6 Language and Law 56
Dimitry Kochenov and Fernand de Varennes

Part II Methodological Approaches to Language Planning and Policy Research 67

7 Exploring Language Problems through Q?]Sorting 69
Joseph Lo Bianco

8 Ethnography in Language Planning and Policy Research 81
Teresa L. McCarty

9 Classroom Discourse Analysis as a Lens on Language?]in?]Education Policy Processes 94
Marilyn Martin?]Jones

10 Applying Corpus Linguistics to Language Policy 107
Shannon Fitzsimmons?]Doolan

11 The Economics of Language Policy: An Introduction to Evaluation Work 118
François Grin and François Vaillancourt

12 Analyzing Language Policies in New Media 130
Helen Kelly?]Holmes

13 Historical?]Structural Analysis 140
James W. Tollefson

14 Interpretive Policy Analysis for Language Policy 152
Sarah Catherine K. Moore and Terrence G. Wiley

15 Intertextuality and Language Policy 166
David Cassels Johnson

16 Mapping Language Ideologies 181
Adnan Ajsic and Mary McGroarty

17 Investigating Relationships between Language Attitudes and Policy Issues 193
Åsa Palviainen and Ari Huhta

18 Using Census Data and Demography in Policy Analysis 205
Minglang Zhou

19 Making Policy Connections across Scales Using Nexus Analysis 217
Francis M. Hult

Public Engagement and the LPP Scholar 233

Appendix A Interacting with Schools and Communities 235
Rebecca Freeman Field

Appendix B Participating in Policy Debates about Language 240
John R. Rickford

Appendix C Interacting with Politicians and Policymakers 244
Lava D. Awasthi

Appendix D Managing Media Appearances 248
Kendall A. King

Index 000

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Author Information

Francis M. Hult is Associate Professor at the Lund University Centre for Languages and Literature. He is the co-editor (with Kendall A. King) of Educational Linguistics in Practice (2011), editor of Directions and Prospects for Educational Linguistics (2010), and co-editor (with Bernard Spolsky) of The Handbook of Educational Linguistics (Wiley, 2008).

David Cassels Johnson is Assistant Professor of Language Education at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Language Policy (2013).
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Reviews

"[T]he book is a thoroughly enjoyable whistle-stop tour of research methods, highly readable and accessible at a glance. The suggestions from experts on research methods, data collection, potential research questions and literature dissemination will be highly valued by post-graduate or doctoral research students. The methodological rigor and topical richness will make this book appeal to LPP researchers, (critical) discourse analysts, applied linguists and scholars in bilingual/multilingual education research." - Wenge Chen, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2016

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