Conceptualisation, Data and Method

  • Glyn Williams
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities book series (PSMLC)


Minority languages are constructed as non-normative objects that lie outside of the normative context of the state. The language-object relates to an epilinguistic activity that correlates historically with the emergence of the modern state. During the past two centuries, the state was premised upon universalist principles involving linguistic uniformity, so that the agencies and institutions responsible for the reproduction of most language groups remain unquestioned.1 A consideration of the ability of different European minority language groups to reproduce themselves must make institutional agencies explicit within an explanatory framework.


Labour Market Social Group Public Management Subject Position Language Group 
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