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Saarinen, Taina; Ihalainen, Pasi – Language Policy, 2018
In this article, we analyse the construction of Finnish constitutional bilingualism in the aftermath of gaining independence, a traumatic civil war and during the construction of a new republican polity based on regulated parliamentarism in 1917-1919. We take a multi-sited and historically informed approach to the dynamics of political discourse…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Bilingualism, Public Policy, Political Issues
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De Meulder, Maartje – Language Policy, 2017
The development of sign language recognition legislation is a relatively recent phenomenon in the field of language policy. So far only few authors have documented signing communities' aspirations for recognition legislation, how they work with their governments to achieve legislation which most reflects these goals, and whether and why outcomes…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Ethnography, Federal Legislation, Comparative Analysis
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Hiss, Florian – Language Policy, 2013
The study focuses on local people's expressions of attitudes and ideologies in the light of proposed Sami-Norwegian bilingual policies in their Northern Norwegian hometown. The local politicians' plan to introduce the bilingual regulations of an "administrative area for the Sami language" in the town of Tromso encountered conflicting…
Descriptors: Ideology, Bilingualism, Norwegian, Language Role
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Kelly-Holmes, Helen; Moriarty, Mairead; Pietikainen, Sari – Language Policy, 2009
The language policies adopted, imposed, or rejected in minority language media highlight the complexities of multilingualism and its regulation or ordering in contemporary contexts. In this article, we discuss convergence and divergence in the language policing of three minority language media contexts, namely Basque, Irish and Sami. All of the…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Multilingualism, Irish, Uncommonly Taught Languages