Book Chapter

Maintaining Minority Languages in Transnational Contexts

Palgrave Macmillan UK | Published : 2007

Abstract

Contrasting and comparing European and Australian practices in language maintenance is a problematic exercise. For a start, the constitutional parametres are different. Australia is a single sovereign national state, while Europe is an aggregating entity, expanding from an economic treaty among six sovereign national states unsteadily towards pooled sovereignty at a supra-national level. Europe's moves towards political union, albeit hesitant and contested, given the appearance of re-enacting the cultural policies of its member states (utilizing the state discourses of efficiency of communication, common citizenship, participation and democracy). However, at least rhetorically, and in some c..

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