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Language Policies
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Language policy refers to the tacit habits and to the set of explicit rules and laws which, whether established by a government or by any other institution or human group, are concerned with the use of languages, dialects and registers in a community. This topic has been brought to light by modern sociolinguistics, a branch of linguistics that views language as an expression of individual identity and social ethnicity and deals with language variation and status as well as the communicative functions of languages.

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Emilio Crespo, “Language Policies”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_000048>
First published online: 2013

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