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Language policy and war

Language policy and war
Language policy and war

While issues of language have accompanied war from the earliest times, the attempt to understand these issues in terms of policy is very recent. In the last 20 years, the idea of language policy has widened to apply to the practices of political, social and cultural organisations, and to the ways these practices are thought and written about. It has recently included the practices of the armed forces and the language issues faced in war. This chapter aims to show how an understanding of language policy can shed light on issues of language that arise in situations of war and conflict. It will give examples drawn from conflicts of the last quarter-century, particularly in the policy and practice of NATO forces. It will also suggest that language policy is in constant tension with practice, as well as with policy areas that are not specifically focused on language.

91-109
Springer International Publishing
Kelly, Michael
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Kelly, Michael
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Kelly, Michael (2019) Language policy and war. In, The Palgrave Handbook of Languages and Conflict. Springer International Publishing, pp. 91-109. (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-04825-9_5).

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Abstract

While issues of language have accompanied war from the earliest times, the attempt to understand these issues in terms of policy is very recent. In the last 20 years, the idea of language policy has widened to apply to the practices of political, social and cultural organisations, and to the ways these practices are thought and written about. It has recently included the practices of the armed forces and the language issues faced in war. This chapter aims to show how an understanding of language policy can shed light on issues of language that arise in situations of war and conflict. It will give examples drawn from conflicts of the last quarter-century, particularly in the policy and practice of NATO forces. It will also suggest that language policy is in constant tension with practice, as well as with policy areas that are not specifically focused on language.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 19 February 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 430667
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/430667
PURE UUID: 1a9ddd95-217b-45df-b56f-07625b109e53
ORCID for Michael Kelly: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7955-3860

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Date deposited: 08 May 2019 16:30
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 16:35

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