ABSTRACT

Ever since language policy and planning (LPP) emerged as a distinct academic discipline after World War II (Garcia & Menken, 2010; Nekvapil, 2011; Tollefson, 2008), research has continuously sought to improve understanding of the impact of policy decision-making on language use, acquisition, status and prestige in everyday social life. Although language loss is not the only area of concern in LPP, the fact that it is currently unfolding much more rapidly than in earlier periods of human history provides strong justification for the need for language planning efforts and related scholarship.