The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities

  • Gabrielle Hogan-Brun
  • Bernadette O’Rourke

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Gabrielle Hogan-Brun, Bernadette O’Rourke
    Pages 1-18
  3. Minority Language Rights, Protection, Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Colin H. Williams, John Walsh
      Pages 101-129
  4. Recognition, Self-Determination, Autonomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Philip McDermott, Máiréad Nic Craith
      Pages 159-179
    3. Federica Prina, David J. Smith, Judit Molnar Sansum
      Pages 181-205
    4. Maartje De Meulder, Verena Krausneker, Graham Turner, John Bosco Conama
      Pages 207-232
  5. Migration, Settlement, Mobility

  6. Economics, Markets, Commodification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Sari Pietikäinen, Helen Kelly-Holmes, Maria Rieder
      Pages 287-310
  7. Education, Literacy, Access

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-355
    2. Samantha Disbray, Gillian Wigglesworth
      Pages 357-381
  8. Media, Public Usage, Visibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 431-431
    2. Daniel Cunliffe
      Pages 451-480
    3. Durk Gorter, Heiko F. Marten, Luk Van Mensel
      Pages 481-506
  9. Endangerment, Ecosystems, Resilience

  10. Back Matter
    Pages 589-612

About this book


‘This Handbook is, quite simply, a tour de force. Offering far greater breadth, depth and analytical heft than ever before, it extends the fields of minority language studies and multilingualism conceptually, disciplinarily, geographically, and pragmatically. It is sure to be a key reference for years to come.’
Stephen May, University of Auckland, New Zealand

‘This Handbook offers detailed accounts of minority language communities on every continent and presents a stunning testament to the resilience of minority language policy actors and community identities in the face of migration, mobility and globalizing forces.’
Nancy H. Hornberger, University of Pennsylvania, USA

‘This outstanding collection of perspectives makes a signal contribution to practical understanding and intervention in legal, educational and policy fields. Expertly edited to produce coherence of focus and consistency of treatment it provides excellent coverage of a diverse range of settings across the world. It is a consolidated resource that rewards regular reading and deep study.’
Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne, Australia

This Handbook is an in-depth appraisal of the field of minority languages and communities today. It presents a wide-ranging, coherent picture of the main topics, with key contributions from international specialists in sociolinguistics, policy studies, sociology, anthropology and law. Individual chapters are grouped together in themes, covering regional, non-territorial and migratory language settings across the world. It is the essential reference work for specialist researchers, scholars in ancillary disciplines, research and coursework students, public agencies and anyone interested in language diversity, multilingualism and migration.

Gabrielle Hogan-Brun is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK. She is founding editor of the book series Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities. Her publications include Minority Languages in Europe: Frameworks – Status – Prospects (ed. with S. Wolff, 2003) and Linguanomics: What is the Market Potential of Multilingualism? (2017).

Bernadette O’Rourke is Professor of Sociolinguistics at Heriot-Watt University, UK. She is Chair of the EU COST Action IS1306 entitled New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges (2013 – 2018).


language diversity Applied linguistics transnationalism globalization Mobility Anthropology ethnolinguistics Minority Communities Minority Contact Languages language rights language ecologies language attitudes language endangerment language shift resilience thinking language revitalization Language Maintenance Language Economics multilinugal education Language Commissioners

Editors and affiliations

  • Gabrielle Hogan-Brun
    • 1
  • Bernadette O’Rourke
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.Department of Languages and Intercultural StudiesHeriot-Watt UniversityEdinburgh, ScotlandUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Macmillan Publishers Ltd., part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54065-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54066-9
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