LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY AND LANGUAGE POLICIES

With its 225 indigenous languages, diversity cannot be considered an exception but rather a norm in Europe and in the world. With its dual role – a (pragmatic) tool for communi-cation and a (symbolic) marker of identity and culture – language is a complex social construct and a powerful constructor of societies. Protecting minority rights and managing diversity through language policy while ensuring societal cohesion and possibilities for active interaction between individuals and communities is therefore a particularly challenging task before any government. Accounting for the multiple challenges before states to handle linguistic diversity, the research project will explore the interaction between policies on languages, education and media and their impact on minority rights.

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