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ERIC Number: EJ960730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8318
Minority Language Researchers and Their Role in Policy Development
Gorter, Durk
Language, Culture and Curriculum, v25 n1 p89-102 2012
This paper deals with the role of researchers in the development of language policies for European minority languages. This question is placed in the context of a long-standing debate in sociology to which several authors have contributed; among them are Max Weber, Howard Becker and Alvin Gouldner. This article also briefly refers to the European Charter for Researchers. A summary is given of the local research settings of Friesland and the Basque Country where my studies into European minority languages, language policy and multilingual education are carried out. This article mentions three possible roles for a researcher: academic scholar, policy adviser and language activist. A key issue in all this is to find a balance between "detachment" and "involvement". There is a dynamic in the different roles and the balance shifts over time. This is further complicated by being a relative insider to one language group and relative outsider to the other. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; Spain