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Linguistic nationalism and minority language groups in the ‘New’ Europe

Linguistic nationalism and minority language groups in the ‘New’ Europe
Linguistic nationalism and minority language groups in the ‘New’ Europe
In the discussions about language policies for a more integrated European Community, the issue of linguistic nationalism is at the centre. The notion of ‘national’ languages tied to the nation?state has never been accepted by Europe's linguistic minorities, but it now comes into potential conflict with any idea of a supranational European identity. The relationship between language and territory in defining EC language policies is crucial. Old and recent language legislation has tended to evoke the principle of territoriality in outlining linguistic rights. Taking Spain as an example, it will be argued that this is only partially appropriate for the language situations of the ‘new’ Europe. It will be suggested that the emergence of a Europe of the Regions offers an opportunity to question and reject the traditional models of the language?nation relationship.
0143-4632
319-329
Mar-Molinero, Clare
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Mar-Molinero, Clare
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Mar-Molinero, Clare (1994) Linguistic nationalism and minority language groups in the ‘New’ Europe. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 15 (4), 319-329. (doi:10.1080/01434632.1994.9994574).

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In the discussions about language policies for a more integrated European Community, the issue of linguistic nationalism is at the centre. The notion of ‘national’ languages tied to the nation?state has never been accepted by Europe's linguistic minorities, but it now comes into potential conflict with any idea of a supranational European identity. The relationship between language and territory in defining EC language policies is crucial. Old and recent language legislation has tended to evoke the principle of territoriality in outlining linguistic rights. Taking Spain as an example, it will be argued that this is only partially appropriate for the language situations of the ‘new’ Europe. It will be suggested that the emergence of a Europe of the Regions offers an opportunity to question and reject the traditional models of the language?nation relationship.

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Published date: 1994
Organisations: Modern Languages

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Local EPrints ID: 394051
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/394051
ISSN: 0143-4632
PURE UUID: bb255318-10c0-481c-af55-d2bf3bd357a7

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Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 19:03

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