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date: 14 December 2019

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This chapter reviews efforts to examine the construction and content of media products, and the role of the mass media in the language policymaking process, with a particular focus on framing in mass media coverage. The authors first elaborate what they mean by the term framing. Then they illustrate how the concept of framing can help researchers to explore the media’s mediation of language policymaking in three specific debates: the dialect crisis in China; high-stakes English examinations in China; and medium of instruction policy, with particular attention to the use of English, Cantonese, and Putonghua in Hong Kong and the use of English and Spanish in the US state of Arizona. The chapter concludes with suggestions for expanding research on the role of mass media in language policymaking.

Keywords: dialect crisis, China, language policy, mass media, medium of instruction, Arizona, Hong Kong

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