The State, the Activists and the Islanders

Language Policy on Corsica

  • Robert J. Blackwood

Part of the Language Policy book series (LAPO, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Pages 1-10
  3. Pages 11-25
  4. Pages 27-46
  5. Pages 47-65
  6. Pages 67-84
  7. Pages 85-101
  8. Pages 103-130
  9. Pages 131-147
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 149-161

About this book


This analysis of language policy on Corsica provides the first study of the three levels of language policy existing on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. It focuses on the key participants - the State, the language activists and the islanders - in the language debate that has taken place across the island since its purchase by France. This book is informed by recent work on language planning, both theoretical and relating to specific case studies. At the same time, it engages with trends in sociolinguistics over the past decades, which have included language planning in their investigations of languages in contact, language obsolescence and language death. A central premise of this book is that the three discrete categories of participants in the language debate are closely interrelated and that the status and position of Corsican in relation to French cannot be understood without a thorough exploration of these three strands. This volume will appeal to researchers and students in French Studies, sociolinguistics, and especially language policy.


France language activism language education language policy language shift minority language minority languages

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert J. Blackwood
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LiverpoolUK

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