Global Encyclopedia of Territorial Rights

Living Edition
| Editors: Michael Kocsis

Minority Languages and Territorial Rights

Living reference work entry



Languages are commonly associated to territories as they are traditionally spoken by communities living in specific places. Nevertheless, languages do relate to speakers and not always to territories. This difference is highlighted by globalization, and more specifically by the increase and new possibilities of migrations, the development of Information and Communication Technologies and the global tendency to learn new foreign languages.

This new context calls for direct association between languages and speakers in order to preserve the rights of the latter and the languages themselves. Small minority languages are even more affected by globalization and speakers require globally recognized rights and measures according to their new reality.


Languages are commonly associated to territories. They are usually spoken in specific territories and, in a more legal sense, they may be official or recognized by...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)MadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of Modern LanguagesUniversity of Santo Tomas (UST)ManilaPhilippines
  3. 3.Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID)Gobierno de EspañaMadridEspaña

Section editors and affiliations

  • Costas Laoutides
    • 1
  1. 1.Deakin UniversityVictoriaAustralia