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Title: The impact of global English on language policy : the situations of Iceland and Denmark
Author: Hilmarsson-Dunn, Amanda
ISNI:       0000 0001 3578 6793
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis explores the tensions between national language policies and the ideologies underpinning them, and globalisation. In contributing to the current debates on this theme (for example, Mar-Molinero and Stevenson, 2006), I investigate the two case studies of Iceland and Denmark and their less well known European languages: Icelandic and Danish. I examine how global factors, specifically the impact of English, affect language policy in these two nations. The policy areas under investigation are those of education, cultural products and information technology. The impact ofEnglish in these areas has resulted in an infiltration of English words and structures into the corpus ofboth languages. This has led to the formulation of language policies in both countries in order to endeavour to counteract English. My findings indicate, however, that the effectiveness oflanguage policies is dependent upon the strength of nationalist ideologies underpinning the national languages, and upon institutional and public support for them. My research is carried out within the context ofthe supranational entities of Europe, and the Nordic region, to determine whether the language policies of these regions affect the national language policies of Iceland and Denmark, specifically whether they can assist these small nations in counteracting English. In order to carry out the study, visits were made to Iceland and Denmark, firstly to interview key professionals in language planning and policy, and secondly to do a survey of secondary school students to get an idea oftheir language practices.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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