Language policies, ideologies and 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. On-going changes such as migration and international mobility may have deep implications for language education, particularly in minority/indigenous language communities and for the implementation of linguistic rights. 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 users’ affordances.


The Norface seminar series brings together researchers sharing an interest in


    • language ideologies and policies in European contexts
    • linguistic rights of groups and individuals.
    • the role of media in setting constraints and creating possibilities for multilingualism

The goal of the seminar series is to consider how the on-going changes in the social arena will – or should –  influence theorizing about ‘language’ and multilingualism, to develop methodological tools for analysing multilingualism and to establish and further contacts between linguists, language communities and decision-makers.