Language conflict research: a state of the art

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After a broad overview of the history and the areas of focus of research on language conflict, this article pays particular attention to a number of selected features of societal language conflict. A discussion of the causes, the visibility, the manifestations, the discursive focal points, the management and the outcomes of the management of societal language conflict precedes a sketch of methodological approaches in language conflict research. The snapshot of language conflict research ends with a list of research desiderata.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-32
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of the Sociology of Language
Issue number235
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • language conflict
  • language contact
  • language planning
  • language policy
  • macrosociolinguistics


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