Parallel Cases of Linguistic and Ethnic Identity Formation in European Minority Groups

  • Jonna Rock


This chapter discusses linguistic and ethnic identity formation in European minority groups, drawn from recent studies on the following cases: (1) Arvanítika speakers in Greece; (2) Alsatian speakers in France; (3) Gaelic speakers in Scotland; (4) Caribbean communities and their descendants in the United Kingdom; (5) the Kasabali in Macedonia; and (6) Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I describe the challenges of linguistic loyalty, vitality and revival that face the Sarajevo Sephardim by comparing and contrasting that community to the six other non- Sephardi cases. The purpose is to see how the other examples are helpful for understanding my case study, or at least seeing its main phenomenological contours.


Comparative Approach Linguistic Revival Linguistic Vitality Loyalty towards the mother tongue Minorities in Europe 


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  • Jonna Rock
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  1. 1.Institut für SlawistikHumboldt University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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