ERIC Number: ED480348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
The Ratification of Spain of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Mercator Working Papers.
Surribas, Santiago Castella
This report describes the development and approval of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. After discussing the expression of consent to the European Charter, the report focuses on the ratification process of and obligations assumed by Spain. Although Spain was one of the first signatories in 1992, the ratification was not signed until 2001. The initial Spanish Declaration strongly supported the protection of regional or minority languages, and Spain's ratification is also very supportive, though there are some exceptions related to university education and the media. The report notes that in general, the Charter's obligation to erase every distinction, exclusion, restriction, or unjustified preference that would imply a danger for the maintenance or development of a language opens up possibilities for a more positive interpretation for regional or minority languages. The Charter offers no capacity for enlarging Spain's linguistic law. The report suggests that its most significant contribution is that it offers an international guarantee of minimum protection for languages involved. (SM)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Immigrants, Language Maintenance, Language Minorities, Official Languages, Sociolinguistics
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: European Union, Brussels (Belgium).
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Identifiers - Location: Spain