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Beginning with a critique of the concept of Europe, this book explores the political context for current language policy. Social and political status within the European Union can bring significant benefits for speakers of national or official languages. While speakers of minority and contested languages have derived considerable benefits from the trans-national context, many are less than happy with the hierarchical structure of EU language policy. This book focuses on languages spoken in Europe by Europeans and non-Europeans alike. The author explores key questions such as the impact of political boundaries on the concept of language and the significance of language for citizenship in Eastern Europe in particular. It assesses the quest for recognition and legitimacy among speakers of minority and contested languages and queries the non-recognition of migrant, non-European languages. The book adopts an interdisciplinary approach from a social science perspective and advocates an alternative approach to language policy.


Description

Beginning with a critique of the concept of Europe, this book explores the political context for current language policy. Social and political status within the European Union can bring significant benefits for speakers of national or official languages. While speakers of minority and contested languages have derived considerable benefits from the trans-national context, many are less than happy with the hierarchical structure of EU language policy. This book focuses on languages spoken in Europe by Europeans and non-Europeans alike. The author explores key questions such as the impact of political boundaries on the concept of language and the significance of language for citizenship in Eastern Europe in particular. It assesses the quest for recognition and legitimacy among speakers of minority and contested languages and queries the non-recognition of migrant, non-European languages. The book adopts an interdisciplinary approach from a social science perspective and advocates an alternative approach to language policy.


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'...an outstanding contribution to the field of language policy and planning...This is ahighly recommended bookfor graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses, written in a clear and very persuasive style that reflects Nic Craith's extensive knowledge of European realities and her long-term commitment to the idea of expanded human rights.' - Eva Yerendé, Language Policy

'...an up-to-date, well-researched and well-expressed volume...dealing at length with traditionally ignored matters - nomads, contested languages, cross-border situations...These are new, European issues, and the book is excellent at identifying them.' - Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

'It shows how the study of language planning can offer a deeper understanding of social disparities in a broader sense and how a more intensive commitment to this field of research could make an important contribution to a more equitable and democratic Europe.' - Journal of Sociolinguistics

'Mairead Nic Craith takes readers on a vicarious European tour, one which includes an array of cultures and a cacophony of languages and is illuminating to the sociolinguistic issues that are found within the European Union.' - Education Review

'This is an ambitious book...Its focus is on Europe but its potential influenceand contribution go much wider, as the politics of language is present everywhere.' - International Journal of Applied Linguistics

'I would recommend the book as an addition to a syllabus for an advanced undergraduate or graduate-level class on
European studies or language policy... it would serve as a basis for engaging students in a discussion and critique of current laws, practices and ideological positions on languages and language politics in Europe.' - Bridget Goodman, Current Issues in Language Planning
 
Mairead Nic Craith deals with the diverse issues involved in a distinctive and up-to-date manner. Thus, she examines the complex polititcs of language at various political-geographical scales... [her] academically authoritative but readable book provides a wide range of insights into why many people continue to feel a deep attachment to their native and/or national tongues... this authoritative book can be usefully read with interest and ease by the serious academic, the undergraduate student and any literate lay reader interested in how a whole range of languiage issues continue to influence politics in contemporary Europe and will continue to do so.' Mark Wise, Ethnopolitics


Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Tables
List of Maps
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Series Editor's Preface
PART 1: EUROPE: DISCOURSES OF INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION
Conceptions of Europe
Divergence and Divisions
Inclusion/exclusion and Citizenship
Conclusion
PART 2: STATEHOOD, CITIZENSHIP AND LANGUAGE
Community, Language and Citizenship
Language and Statehood: A Case Study from the Balkans
Citizenship and Language: The Baltic States
Conclusion
PART 3: THE EUROPEAN ELITES: OFFICIAL LANGUAGES IN THE EU
Official, Working Languages
Towards a Lingua Franca
Citizens and their Languages
Conclusion
PART 4: 'A HIERARCHY OF LEGITIMACIES': MINORITY LANGUAGES
Minority Languages and National Ideologies
A Hierarchy of Minority Languages
The Transnational Context
Conclusion
PART 5: LANGUAGES ACROSS BORDERS
Ethnic Conflicts and State Boundaries
Impediments to Cross-border Co-operation
European Support for Transfrontier Co=operation
Conclusion
PART 6: THE QUEST FOR RECOGNITION: CONTESTED LANGUAGES
Language, Boundary, Identity
Language and Legitimacy
The European Context
Conclusion
PART 7: NOMADS, LANGUAGE AND LAND
Identities and Lifestyles
The Significance of Language
Land, Region and Space
Conclusion
PART 8: THE OUTSIDERS: NON-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES
Immigrants in Europe
Non-European Languages in Western Europe
The Discourse of Autochthony
Conclusion
PART 9:EUROPE AND THE POLITICS OF BELONGING
Europe and its Languages
The Implications of Equality
Revising Language Policies in Europe
Conclusion
Select Bibliography
Index


Authors

MÁIRÉAD NIC CRAITH is Professor of Irish Culture and Language at the University of Ulster, UK. She has published extensively on languages and cultures in Europe and was joint winner of the 2004 Ruth Jena Michaelis Research Prize for folk life. Máiréad has worked closely with different European organizations including the European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages.