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The Role of Language Policy Documents in the Internationalisation of Multilingual Higher Education: An Exploratory Corpus-Based Study

Department of English and German Studies, University of Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
Languages 2019, 4(3), 56; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages4030056
Received: 13 May 2019 / Revised: 7 July 2019 / Accepted: 11 July 2019 / Published: 15 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Formal and Methodological Approaches to Applied Linguistics)
Using corpus methods, this study explores the role of Language Policy (LP) documents in the internationalisation process of Spanish universities. It aims at understanding how non-Anglophone universities integrate English and local languages in the functions of education, research, and administration. Content analysis was used for the identification of key themes, and discourse analysis examined how those themes were textually expressed. Consistent with previous literature, this study shows that relevant strategic areas of LP deal with training, regulation, accreditation, and support measures. Results also highlight the role played by institutions in LP and the presence of language hierarchies between English and local languages. The discussion of these findings leads to further inquiry of mismatches between top-down institutional expectations and bottom-up realities regarding the design and implementation of institutional policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: language policy; higher education; internationalisation; discourse analysis; language diversity; language attitudes; English linguistic imperialism; Spanish universities language policy; higher education; internationalisation; discourse analysis; language diversity; language attitudes; English linguistic imperialism; Spanish universities
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Villares, R. The Role of Language Policy Documents in the Internationalisation of Multilingual Higher Education: An Exploratory Corpus-Based Study. Languages 2019, 4, 56.

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