International Journal on Multicultural Societies / Vol. 3, No. 2, 2001
This issue focusses on the governance of linguistic diversity. In fact, language has been one of the most pertinent factors contributing to the cultural diversity of societies throughout the world. Linguistic diversity constitutes a particularly prominent policy-challenge for democratic politics, since traditional notions of democracy have often presumed the existence of a linguistically homogenized demos as epitomized in the classical model of the nation-state. This issue analyzes linguistic rights from a comparative perspective.It emphasizes the similarity of problems faced by governments in adopting linguistic legislation in different regions; at the same time, it highlights specific historical conditions leading to regional differences in the governments' regulation of language use.
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DiversCite Langues / Tele-universite / Universite du Quebec
This web site in French is an electronic magazine and interdisciplinary forum to promote discussion on the dynamics of languages. The aim is to increase interest in the interrelations between linguistic phenomena and sociocultural phenomena. Diversity, pluralism, and the complementarity of linguistic situations in the context of the globalisation of societal change are of particular interest here. Interesting links are also included.
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This website is in German, with background information in English. The useful Emigrant Archive is in German and in English. Founded in 1965, this is the central academic institute in North Frisia. It is dedicated to the maintenance, promotion and research of the Frisian language, history and culture.
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Terrlalingua aims to support the perpetuation and continued development of the world's linguistic diversity and to explore the connections between linguistic, cultural and biological diversity. An extensive bibliography on multilingualism and linguistic human rights, compiled by Tove Skutnabb-Kangas can be found here, as well as a links list.
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The IstroRomanians in Croatia
This website dedicated to Europe's smallest linguistic group, the IstroRomanians of Istria, Croatia includes a history of the comunity, news, culture page and much more.
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This site is in German. Information on the history, culture, and political representation of the Sorbs can be found here, as well as pictures of actual events.
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