Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2010.489951
Title: Neutrality in language policy
Authors: Wee, L. 
Keywords: Ideology
Language policy
Lingua franca
Neutrality
Unavoidability
Issue Date: 2010
Source: Wee, L. (2010). Neutrality in language policy. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 31 (4) : 421-434. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2010.489951
Abstract: The unavoidability of language makes it critical that language policies appeal to some notion of language neutrality as part of their rationale, in order to assuage concerns that the policies might otherwise be unduly discriminatory. However, the idea of language neutrality is deeply ideological in nature, since it is not only an attempt to treat language itself as a homogenous entity, but also the group of speakers (typically understood as the ethnic group or the nation) for whom the language represents some policy-related concern. This paper suggests, via the examination of specific examples, various dimensions of language neutrality that might be worth attending to, if we are to gain a better appreciation of how the notion is applied in language policy. In particular, it is suggested that it is useful to consider language neutrality in terms of two dimensions: that of substance (neutrality regarding which language, what kind of neutrality, and for which group[s]?), and stance (neutrality according to whom and why?). © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Source Title: Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52407
ISSN: 01434632
DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2010.489951
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