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Minority Languages in Europe
Frameworks, Status, Prospects
 
 
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Minority languages are part of the continent's shared cultural heritage and there is a broad consensus that it is important to protect and encourage linguistic and cultural diversity during the process of continuing European integration. But what legislative and policy instruments can be effective? Are there conflicts between language rights and the social policy demands of nation building? How are general European concerns reflected or challenged within individual countries? This volume illustrates the intellectually productive debate among sociolinguists, linguistic anthropologists, language activists and policy makers. The contributions focus on the current status of minority languages within a 'Europe of the regions', the future prospects for minority languages in the continuing process of European integration, and the effectiveness or otherwise of current national and European frameworks in ensuring future linguistic and cultural diversity.


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Minority languages are part of the continent's shared cultural heritage and there is a broad consensus that it is important to protect and encourage linguistic and cultural diversity during the process of continuing European integration. But what legislative and policy instruments can be effective? Are there conflicts between language rights and the social policy demands of nation building? How are general European concerns reflected or challenged within individual countries? This volume illustrates the intellectually productive debate among sociolinguists, linguistic anthropologists, language activists and policy makers. The contributions focus on the current status of minority languages within a 'Europe of the regions', the future prospects for minority languages in the continuing process of European integration, and the effectiveness or otherwise of current national and European frameworks in ensuring future linguistic and cultural diversity.


Reviews

'This book is a...must...for those interested in multilingualism, language planning and language policy, whether teachers, students, politicians and scholars in the field. I recommend Minority Languages in Europe not only because of its timeliness and relevance, but also because of its multidisciplinary approach to a better understanding of language conflicts in Europe.' - Professor Dr. Peter H. Nelde, Director of the Research Centre on Multilingualism, University of K.U.Brussels

'This is a timely work which contains a fascinating discussion of key areas in managing Europe's cultural and linguistic diversity. It may contribute in theoretical and empirical terms to a better understanding of the challenges facing the new Europe, and the legal and political imperatives for diversity.' - Dr Fernand De Varennes, Senior Lecturer, Murdoch University School of Law, Western Australia
'This book is a ...must...for those interested in multilingualism, language planning and language policy, whether teachers, students, politicians and scholars in the field. I recommend 'Minority Languages in Europe' not only because of its timeliness and relevance, but also because of its multidisciplinary approach to a better understanding of language conflicts in Europe.' - Professor Dr. Peter H. Nelde, Director of the Research Centre on Multilingualism, University of K.U.Brussels


Contents

Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
Preface
List of Tables
PART 1: INTRODUCTION
Introduction: Minority Languages in Europe: An Introduction to the Current Debate; G.Hogan-Brun & S.Wolff
When Language is 'Just Symbolic': Reconsidering the Significance of Language to the Politics of Identity; C.O'Reilly
PART 2: LEGAL FRAMEWORKS
Devising an Adequate System of Minority Protection in the Area of Language Rights; K.Henrard
Facilitating or Generating Linguistic Diversity: Ulster-Scots and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages; M.N.Craith
The Practitioner's Perspective: Minority Languages and Linguistic Minorities in the Work of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities; J.Packer
PART 3: CASE STUDIES
German-speaking Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe: An Assessment of the Legislative and Policy Framework in Poland, Hungary and Romania; K.Cordell & S.Wolff
Baltic National Minorities in a Transitional Setting; G.Hogan-Brun
Politics and Language Rights: A Case Study of Language Politics in Croatia; V.Pupavac
Minority Needs, or the Ambiguous Power of Translation; C.Millán-Varela
On Policies and Prospects for British Sign Language; G.H. Turner
The Changing Status of Romani in Europe; D.W.Halwachs
PART 4: CONCLUSION
Conclusion: Contesting Linguistic Homogeneity: Minority Policies and the Nation-State; S.May
Index


Authors

GABRIELLE HOGAN-BRUN is Research Fellow in Language Studies at the
University of Bristol. Her publications in sociolinguistics include numerous articles on the language situation in the Baltic, and on the German language. She is the author of National Varieties of German Outside Germany (2001). She runs the British Academy funded Baltic Language and Integration Network (BlaIN).

STEFAN WOLFF is Lecturer in the Department of European Studies, University of Bath, UK. He has written extensively on a wide range of ethnopolitical issues, and his publications include Disputed Territories: The Transnational Dynamics of Ethnic Conflict Settlement (2002), Peace at Last? The Impact of the Good Friday Agreement on Northern Ireland (2002, with Jörg Neuheiser) and Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflicts (2002, with Ulrich Schneckner).