ENGL 569 A: Topics In Language And Rhetoric

Language & Policy

Meeting Time: 
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
MGH 284
China March 2017
Gail Stygall

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Johnson, Language Policy (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Canagarajah, Resisting English Imperialism in English Teaching (Oxford: OUP, 1999)

Phillipson, Linguistic Imperialism Continued (New York and London: Routledge [OrientBlackSwan], 2009)

Stygall Partial Manuscript, Small Print (2 chapters)

Ramanathan, ed., Language Policies, and (Dis)Citizenship (Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters, 2013

Tollefson, ed., Language Policies in Education: Critical Issues (Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 2013.


Martin Luther King Junior Elciteentary School Children v. Ann Arbor School District, 473 F. Supp. 1371 (1979)

Lau v. Nichols, 414 U.S. 563 (1974)

Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971)

Davis v. U. S., 512 U.S. 452

Asian American Business Group v. City of Pomona, 716 F. Supp. 1328 (1989)

Pavlenko, Aneta. “’I’m Very Not about the Law Part’: Nonnative Speakers of English and the Miranda Warnings.” TESOLQ 42.1 (2008): 1-30.

Walters v. Reno, 145 F. 3d (1998)


Phillipson, Linguistic Imperialism (Oxford: OUP, 1992)

Ricento, ed. An Introduction to Language Policy: Theory and Method (Malden, MA and London: Blackwell, 2006)


Focused initially on conventional language policy, we will learn the basics from Johnson. I would strongly recommend reading the recommended texts for a head-start on the quarter. We’ll read and discuss two books on education and language policy (Canagarajah and Tollefson). We’’ look at Phillipson’s most recent criticism of linguistic imperialism. Then we’ll shift gears. I have come to understand that language policy is closely related to studies in law and language, not just formal, statutory or formal government rules. Instead, legal cases often set the agenda for actual language policy. We will read key cases and two chapters from my book (to be published by Oxford). We will focus primarily on the United States.

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