Actors in language-related conflicts
In treatments on linguistic diversity and language-related conflicts, often the only actors considered relevant are the linguistic majority (often used synonymously with the government) and linguistic minorities in the particular state or other political unit. I have already argued that such a view is to some extent limited and an oversimplification of the issue. In the following, I offer a more differentiated view of the problem. However, instead of beginning with a comprehensive overview of all imaginable actors, which would ultimately prove to be an impossible task, I choose to start with the example of Canada – a generally well-known example of a multilingual state – which might serve best to demonstrate the complexity of the issue and the diversity of actors involved in language-related conflicts.
KeywordsLanguage Policy Official Language Language Group Linguistic Minority Traditional Language
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