1. 00 INTRODUCTION First named as a field 30 years ago and defined in two introductory books (Spolsky, 1978; Stubbs, 1986), the title “educational linguistics” was proposed by Bernard Spolsky in 1972 for a discipline whose primary task would be “to offer information relevant to the formulation of language education policy and to its implementation” (1974:554). It is an area of study that integrates the research tools of linguistics and other related disciplines of the social sciences in order to investigate holistically the broad range of issues related to language and education.