Language Regulation in Academia (LaRA)

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The LaRA project explores different forms and practices of language regulation in academic settings. Language regulation is understood in broad terms, as all the various ways in which language users intervene in and monitor their own and others’ language. Forms of regulation range from speakers correcting each others’ language in interaction to institutionally imposed language policies and guidelines about acceptable usage.

In the project, we explore local practices of regulation in different settings and different types of language use.


We are interested in both research writing and public relations writing as well as teaching contexts. We also look at what kinds of top-down mechanisms of language regulation are in place, including departmental guidelines on language use, language policy documents produced by central administration and the work of the university language services unit.

The project is funded by the Kone Foundation. It is situated at the Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki.


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