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dc.contributor.authorSkerrett, Delaney Michael
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T14:01:58Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T14:01:58Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.date.modified2012-03-25T22:50:10Z
dc.identifier.issn15427587
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/15427587.2011.592118
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/43961
dc.description.abstractThis article seeks to situate Estonian language use and policy within the emerging field of critical language policy and planning (LPP). Critical LPP draws on poststructuralist theory to deconstruct normalized categories that maintain systems of inequality. It is akin to the queer theory project for gender and sexuality. Since the country regained its independence in 1991, Estonian language planners have attempted to promote Estonian given the domain loss it suffered under Soviet occupation. But what justification can there be today for a policy in favor of Estonian when this is once again a majority language? The poststructuralist perspective allows us to view operations of power not as the result of intergroup or interlingual tensions but rather of discursive structures that privilege certain ways of knowing over others. This, it is hoped, will afford us lessons for exploring equitable and ethical outcomes in other polities that are trying to reverse the decline of an indigenous language following periods of colonial or other forms of political oppression. Indeed, the preservation of diversity, I argue, is often-but not always-an equitable and ethical outcome in and of itself.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherRoutledge
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom236
dc.relation.ispartofpageto260
dc.relation.ispartofissue3
dc.relation.ispartofjournalCritical Inquiry in Language Studies
dc.relation.ispartofvolume8
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLanguage in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLanguage Studies
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode200405
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode2003
dc.titleLanguages and lives through a critical eye: The case of Estonia
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2011
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorSkerrett, Delaney M.


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