Introduction. Minority Languages and Communities in a Changing World

Gabrielle Hogan-Brun, Bernadette O’Rourke

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This Introduction contains a critical survey of current research on minority languages and communities. It outlines the key issues confronting speakers and policy makers in the face of migration and globalization. It also highlights the critically important role of the different historical treatments of multilingualism and minority language communities. Chapters are summarised concisely around the Handbook’s sub-headings ranging from the politics of recognition and autonomy to roles of economic and linguistic markets, from ecologies of language socialization and linguistic landscape to the potentials and limits of social media in language revitalization and shift. The introduction’s concluding section contains a clear statement that there needs to be a rethink of existing theoretical frameworks in order to better understand language maintenance and shift in today’s minority language communities around world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities
EditorsGabrielle Hogan-Brun, Bernadette O'Rourke
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-54066-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-54065-2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities


  • minority languages and communities
  • theoretical frameworks
  • multilingualism and social mobility
  • language maintenance and shift
  • language revitalization
  • minority language rights

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