One of the most linguistically and culturally diversified countries in the world, Nepal is in the midst of linguistic and cultural chaos. Linguistic and cultural diversity itself is at its centre. One explanation for the sad situation is that the ruling elites, who have held power since Nepal’s inception in the eighteenth century, have conducted an invisible politics of privileging languages and of deliberately ignoring issues related to minority and ethnic languages to promote the languages of their choice. While this invisible politics of ‘unplanning’ of languages has been responsible for the loss of scores of languages, it has helped the elites to achieve ‘planned’ linguistic edge over the speakers of other languages. In the changed political climate, the Nepalese people have embarked upon a debate about what language policy the country should have and what roles and statuses should be accorded to the local/regional, national and international languages. The socio-political and linguistic context of the current language policy debate and the lack of a clear and consistent language policy allow the ruling elites to adopt an approach which in the existing situation does more harm than good.
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2016. Local-Global Tension in the Ideological Construction of English Language Education Policy in Nepal. In English Language Education Policy in Asia [Language Policy, 11], ► pp. 199 ff.
2018. Translanguaging as a Pedagogical Resource in English Language Teaching: A Response to Unplanned Language Education Policies in Nepal. In International Perspectives on Teaching English in Difficult Circumstances, ► pp. 49 ff.
2021. Epistemicide, deficit language ideology, and (de)coloniality in language education policy. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2021:267-268 ► pp. 219 ff.
Poudel, Prem Prasad & Tae-Hee Choi
2022. Discourses shaping the language-in-education policy and foreign language education in Nepal: an intersectional perspective. Current Issues in Language Planning 23:5 ► pp. 488 ff.
2019. Simultaneous identities: ethnicity and nationalism in mother tongue education in Nepal*. Nations and Nationalism 25:2 ► pp. 718 ff.
2020. Interrogating quality: minority language, education and imageries of competence in Nepal. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education 50:6 ► pp. 792 ff.
Sah, Pramod K. & Jeevan Karki
2023. Elite appropriation of English as a medium of instruction policy and epistemic inequalities in Himalayan schools. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 44:1 ► pp. 20 ff.
Janak Singh Negi & Suman Laudari
2022. Challenges of Developing Learner Autonomy of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Learners in Underprivileged Areas. International Journal of Research in English Education 7:2 ► pp. 65 ff.
2012. What Language Death and Language Planning Tell Us About MARC and RDA. Journal of Library Metadata 12:2-3 ► pp. 279 ff.
Tin, Tan Bee
2014. A look into the local pedagogy of an English language classroom in Nepal. Language Teaching Research 18:3 ► pp. 397 ff.
2014. Language Policy and State in Morocco: The Status of Berber. Digest of Middle East Studies 23:1 ► pp. 37 ff.
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