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Rights, Promotion and Integration Issues for Minority Languages in Europe
 
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Rights, Promotion and Integration Issues for Minority Languages in Europe
 
 
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19 Dec 2008
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Many Europeans speak a first language that is not the standard language of the country they live in: languages with millions of speakers like Catalan and languages with few speakers like Gaelic; languages spoken across the border like German in Denmark and Italian in Slovenia; and immigrant languages like Turkish in Sweden. Many minority languages have experienced some revitalization, but now face new threats from an increasingly integrated Europe, from globalization and innovations in mass communication and from the challenges posed by spread of English. The chapters in this book, written by experts in several fields, discuss these issues both in general and in specialized chapters with vivid, up-to-date examples from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, from Ireland to Turkey.


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Many Europeans speak a first language that is not the standard language of the country they live in: languages with millions of speakers like Catalan and languages with few speakers like Gaelic; languages spoken across the border like German in Denmark and Italian in Slovenia; and immigrant languages like Turkish in Sweden. Many minority languages have experienced some revitalization, but now face new threats from an increasingly integrated Europe, from globalization and innovations in mass communication and from the challenges posed by spread of English. The chapters in this book, written by experts in several fields, discuss these issues both in general and in specialized chapters with vivid, up-to-date examples from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, from Ireland to Turkey.


Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: European Union Enlargement and Citizen Empowerment; C.H.Williams
PART I: MINORITY LANGUAGES IN THE LEGAL CONTEXT
Language Rights Standards in Europe: The Impact of the Council of Europe's Human Rights and Treaty Obligations; F.De Varennes
Unity in Diversity. The Role of the European Parliament in Promoting Minority Languages in Europe; M.Stolfo
A New Multilingual United Kingdom? The Impact of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages; W.McLeod
Does Legislation Change Perception and Behaviour? Attitudes and Perceptions of the Welsh Language in Legal Proceedings; C.F.Huws
Bilingual Websites in Jurisdictions Requiring Minority Language Use: Effective Implementation of
Policies and Guidelines; A.Deere& D.Cunliffe
PART II: LANGUAGE VITALITY AND PROMOTION: THEORETICAL ASPECTS
Governance Without Conviction; C.H.Williams
An Evaluation Matrix for Ethno-Linguistic Vitality; M.Ehala
PART III: LANGUAGE VITALITY AND PROMOTION: CASE STUDIES
The Promotion of Arts and Culture as a Tool of Economic Regeneration: An Opportunity or a Threat to Minority Language Development? – The Case of Gaelic in Scotland; D.Chalmers
Cultural Development in Minority Regions: The Influence of Language Policies on Social Capital in Multilingual Regions; B.Winsa
Welcome and Unwelcome Minority Languages; T.Wicherkiewicz
Faroese: a National Language under Siege?; C.Benati
Reconsidering The Role of Older Speakers in Language Planning; W.Bellin
The Slovene Language in Italy: Paths to a Value-Added Position; S.Brezigar
Internet and Minority Languages: a Study on Sardinian; G.Depau& A.Ghimenton
CONCLUSION: Identity and Democracy in an Enlarged Europe; C.H.Williams
Bibliography
Index


Authors


SUSANNA PERTOT is a Researcher at the Slovene Research Institute, Trieste, Italy.
 
TOM PRIESTLY is Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada.
 
COLIN H. WILLIAMS is Research Professor, School of Welsh, Cardiff University, UK.
 
The editors combine expertise on minority languages questions from three different perspectives, Susanna Pertot: Bilingualism, Education and Identity, with emphasis on Slovenes in Italy; Tom Priestly: Language Usage and Ethnolinguistic Identity, with emphasis on the Slovenes in Austria; and Colin Williams: Minority Rights, Legal Issues and Geolinguistics, with emphasis on Welsh.