02.01.2013

Language ideologies, language policies and language rights

The issue of language rights is significant in the contemporary Europe where diverse social and cultural changes challenge the present nationalistically and monolingually based language policies and ideologies. The on-going changes such as migration, international mobility and the language policies set by the European Union may have deep implications for language education, particularity in minority/indigenous language communities and the implementation of linguistic rights.

In setting constraints and creating possibilities for multilingualism media has an important role. At the same time, new conceptualisations of ‘language’ that challenge the monolithic and monological view offer new possibilities to analyse the linguistic landscape and language affordances that language users have.

The main objectives of this approach are:

  • to consider how the on-going changes in the social arena will – or should - influence theorising about ‘language’ and multilingualism;
  • to develop methodological tools for analysing multilingualism;
  • to establish and further contacts between linguists, language communities and decision-makers;
  • to develop the practices around these issues.

To the previous theme: Linguistic diversity and social action