Mercator : linguistic rights and legislation
Legislation and further research information on minority languages can be found in a useful database here, along with a bibliographical database, full text working papers, and an annotated links list. Highly recommended as an excellent starting point for research.
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Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning / Fryske Akademy
The Mercator Research Centre conducts scientific research independently as well as in collaboration with universities and other academic research centres. This research is conducted at the following three levels: Psycholinguistic: Language and multilingualism at the level of the individual. Sociolinguistic: The way in which language and multilingualism between individuals is realised, acquired, and experienced. Language education / language policy: Language and multilingualism at the level of society.
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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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