Language Policy

Language Policy Beyond the State

Editors: Siiner, Maarja, Koreinik, Kadri, Brown, Kara (Eds.)

  • An up-to-date analysis of language policy as a multilayered process, both within and beyond the state
  • An overview of research methods that highlight the complexity of language policy research
  • Current and rigorous research brings an international perspective to the investigation and analysis of language policy in Estonia and beyond
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Language Policy beyond the State invites readers to (re-)consider the ways language policy is constituted, taken up, and researched if we look within and past the state. Contributors to this edited volume draw attention to language policy as always in the making, focusing on agency, on-the-ground practices, and ideologies. The chapters of the book reveal how simultaneous, and at times contradicting, language policies exist within a state and explore the complex roles played by families, businesses, educational institutions, and media in generating and appropriating these policies. 
By moving away from language policy analysis concerned primarily with how official state policies address well-defined language problems, some of the contributions of the volume highlight how the problems themselves can be ideological artifacts or are discursively constructed in language ideological debates that are provoked by changes in the geopolitical situation in the region.  Using qualitative and descriptive research, the book uses Estonia as a setting to examine the ways historic and contemporary populations navigate language policies in both local and transnational spaces. As a whole, the collection speaks eloquently and powerfully to current efforts to understand and map the ways multiple institutions and individuals—not just the state—play an active role in forming and taking up language policies. 

About the authors

Maarja Siiner, Ph.D., is a research affiliate at the University of Oslo, Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, where she studied discourses on dementia and immigrants in the project Language and Communication in Multilingual Speakers with Dementia in Norway. She has previously served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Copenhagen, Centre for Internationalization and Parallel Language Use, studying institutional responses to internationalization at the University of Copenhagen. Her previous research includes studies of language management in Swedish multinational companies operating in Estonia, carried out at Lund University and cross-country comparisons of the interrelatedness of language policy developments and the democratization and decentralization processes in Scandinavia and Baltics. 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introductory Chapter: Questioning Borders

    Brown, Kara D. (et al.)

    Pages 1-21

  • Priming Language Political Issues as Issues of State Security: A Corpus-Assisted Discourse Analysis of Language Ideological Debates in Estonian Media Before and After the Ukrainian Crisis

    Siiner, Maarja (et al.)

    Pages 25-44

  • Doing Language Policy: Teasing Out the Tensions for Transnational Scholars in Estonian and Danish Higher Education

    Soler Carbonell, Josep (et al.)

    Pages 45-60

  • Swedishization or Internationalization? Negotiating the Common Language and Culture in a Swedish-Baltic Financial Institution

    Siiner, Maarja

    Pages 61-80

  • Emerging Language Political Agency Among Estonian Native Speakers in Finland

    Koreinik, Kadri (et al.)

    Pages 81-98

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Language Policy Beyond the State
  • Maarja Siiner
  • Kadri Koreinik
  • Kara Brown
Series Title
Language Policy
Series Volume
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
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Number of Pages
XII, 245
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations