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Language policy planning as a political tool for social stratification: Analysing the case of Paraguay

Pinilla-Portiño, N; (2018) Language policy planning as a political tool for social stratification: Analysing the case of Paraguay. PEOPLE: International Journal of Social Sciences , 3 (3) pp. 1673-1682. 10.20319/pijss.2018.33.15941603. Green open access

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Abstract

In the study of unequal societies as the result of language use, the Paraguayan case stands out among several realities. Paraguay is a South American country which offers a unique opportunity to analyse how language(s) may influence the socioeconomic position or social mobility of people. In this scenario, the present article analyses the political purposes that Language Policy and Planning (LPP) has served in Paraguay as well as the consequences this approach has produced regarding society segmentation. Through a literature review, the text emphasises how LPP was developed in an early and modern stage of the Paraguay government. On this regard, a dangerous relationship between the government’s political wing and the approach of LPP is exposed. Moreover, society stratification is understood as one of the main consequences of this link. Finally, a reflection about possible considerations when designing LPP is proposed in the conclusion.

Type: Article
Title: Language policy planning as a political tool for social stratification: Analysing the case of Paraguay
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.20319/pijss.2018.33.15941603
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.20319/pijss.2018.33.15941603
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
Keywords: Language Policy and Planning (LPP), LPP framework, Social Stratification, Paraguay
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10102144
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