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Political and Economic Obstacles of Minority Language Maintenance

Author(s): Janne Saarikivi | Heiko F. Marten

Journal: Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe
ISSN 1617-5247

Volume: 11;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Minority languages | maintenance | problems

Over the past decades, problems related to linguistic minorities and their well-being, as well as to minority languages and their maintenance, have developed as an independent branch of minority studies. Studies of language in society and sociolinguistics, strategies of minority language survival and the empowerment of their speakers have produced a considerable output of case studies and theoretical writings. In this multifaceted field of investigation, language use, language practices, language policies and language politics represent interrelated aspects of social and linguistic relations that cannot be meaningfully addressed from a point of view of one scientific discipline only.
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