Discourse and Struggle in Minority Language Policy by Jean-Bernard Adrey

By Jean-Bernard Adrey

The writer offers a brand new method of the research of language coverage, by means of targeting language coverage formation and implementation as a dynamic, conflict-laden procedure concerning the interplay of varied actors with diversified motivations and asymmetric bargaining powers, instead of as a product, examinable publish hoc from current language laws.

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We will see that RML policy making provides an example of drastic and sudden exogenous change in decision-making processes and that RML network and policy change has substantially been a correlate of change in patterns of resource dependency (Chapter 3). The relationship between network and policy change, however, is multi-faceted. Marsh and Rhodes (1992) identify four broad categories of environment change that can affect this relationship – economic/market, ideological, knowledge/technical and institutional.

Rather, as was said above, these taken-forgranted qualities are engineered through corpus and status language plans (Billig, 1995: 32) during standardisation processes (Haugen, 1966). Then the notions of boundedness and autonomy imply that linguistic boundaries are clear-cut so that interference from other linguistic Regional and Minority Language Politics and Policy Making in the EU 33 systems is seen as impurities to be proscribed. g. good/bad usage or grammaticality/a-grammaticality) and in cordoning it off from other systems, however similar, by creating dictionaries and grammars.

In the implementation of the law through institutional practice, as empirical analysis will show, this de jure sociolinguistic order of discourse has been considerably undermined de facto, due to the practical considerations mentioned above. The gap between the persisting symbolic equality in language official-ness and the growing hierarchisation of institutional working language use (in which English, and to a lesser extent French, have become dominant) has considerably widened. The question of how the EU regime might approach RML policy making only became salient in the early 1980s, particularly under the impetus of the Intergroup for Regional and Minority Languages of the European Parliament (EP) and through a variety of EP-induced political and budgetary measures.

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