© 2007

Maintaining Minority Languages in Transnational Contexts

  • Anne Pauwels
  • Joanne Winter
  • Joseph Lo Bianco

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Managing and Maintaining Minority Languages in the Era of Globalization: Challenges for Europe and Australia

  3. Demography and Meaning

  4. Policy and Planning

  5. Policy and Practice in Specific Settings

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 201-209

About this book


Deals with challenges to the maintenance of minority (or community) languages in this era of globalization and increasing transnational movements of people. The contributors, experts in language policy, language maintenance and multilingualism offer complementary perspectives from Australia and Europe on the maintenance of linguistic diversity.


Australia communication comparative education English Europe knowledge language language policy migrant minority language multilingualism planning policy proposition

Editors and affiliations

  • Anne Pauwels
    • 1
  • Joanne Winter
    • 1
  • Joseph Lo Bianco
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Western AustraliaAustralia
  2. 2.The University of MelbourneAustralia

About the editors

SALLY BOYD Professor in Linguistics, University of Göteborg, Sweden TOVE BULL Professor of Nordic Languages, University of Tromsø, Norway GUUS EXTRA Chair of Language and Minorities, Tilburg University, Netherlands SANDRA KIPP Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Languages, University of Melbourne, Australia PETER H. NELDE Professor and Chair in General and German Linguistics, Brussels University (K.U.B.), Belgium and Head of the Research Centre on Multilingualism.

Bibliographic information


'Maintaining Minority Languages in Transnational Contexts...offers a thorough and accessible overview of language policy and planning isssues in Australia and Europe. Its nine entries are engaging and well-written. Equally important, consistent placement of a common set of concerns against larger sociological, cultural and political context bring this volume...together into a coherent whole.' - Christof Demont-Henrich, Journal of Sociolinguistics

'Pauwels, Winter, and Lo Bianco have tackled a very large issue facing present circumstances in Europe, Australia, and many other countries. Much of what they describe and include in these chapters can be applied to other national extenuating circumstances.

They offer a powerful perspective on how minority languages must be supported and recognized.' - Esther Ra, Current Issues in Language Planning