Introduction: the Minoritisation of Languages
Minority language groups are social groups that lack the political, institutional and ideological structures to guarantee the relevance of those languages for the everyday life of their members. The prefix ‘minority’ pertains to power rather than numerism. Only in recent history have ethnic and national minorities become a ‘permanent institution’ in the sense that they have become juridical categories under law (Arendt, 1968). An account of that process of minoritisation is a prerequisite for a sociological analysis of minority language groups.
KeywordsEighteenth Century Language Group State Language Private Sphere General Grammar
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