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Introductory Chapter: Questioning Borders

Kara D. Brown, Kadri Koreinik, and Maarja Siiner

The east-west border is always wandering

sometimes eastward, sometimes west

and we do not know where it is just now:

on the Elbe, in the Urals, or maybe in ourselves,

so that one ear, one eye, one nostril, one hand, one foot

one lung and one testicle or one ovary

is on the one, another on the other side. Only the

heart, only the heart is always on the one side:

if we are looking northward, in the west:

if we are looking southward, in the east;

and the mouth doesn’t know on behalf of which

it has to speak, or both.

Jaan Kaplinski, The Wandering Border, 19871

Abstract Estonian language policy and planning (LPP) research has begun to expand beyond its decades-long focus on the integration and the Russian minority and on the state’s central role in policymaking. These traditional and critically important areas of focus, however, threaten to obscure other important and fascinating trends in Estonian LPP. Critical areas such as the Anglicization of higher education, the practices of transnational families and corporations, the changed security [1]

discourse, dynamic regional language communities, and the emergence of important political agents in LPP, in addition to the state, are also in need of attention. This edited volume aims to help expand our understanding of the dynamism of language policy and planning by exploring the ways in which Estonian-based research in the field reveals shifting borders and new centers of LPP influence and power.

Keywords Borderlands • Space • Time • Estonia • Language policy

  • [1] The opening quote’s author, the Estonian poet, philosopher, translator and essayist Jaan Kaplinski,is known for his critical posture towards language planning (see Salumets 2014, 35). K.D. Brown (*) Educational Studies, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USAe-mail: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it K. Koreinik Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia Voru Institute, Voru, Estoniae-mail: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it M. Siiner Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norwaye-mail: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it © Springer International Publishing AG 2017 M. Siiner et al. (eds.), Language Policy Beyond the State, Language Policy 14,DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-52993-6_1
 
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