Reflections on a Multidisciplinary Approach to “Minority Languages” as a Legal Object in Europe: The Categorization of Regional and Minority Languages under the Charter

  • Olivier Dubos
  • Victor Guset
Part of the Language Policy book series (LAPO, volume 21)


As any legal rule the Charter for Regional or Minority Languages is categorizing situation in order to the scope of application of its prescriptions. The categorization is not only the consequence of the provisions, but is mostly the consequence of its interpretation. The material scope of the Charter is defining the excluded languages and the protected languages. With the spatial and personal scope, the Charter is determining who are the speakers who benefit of the protection. Therefore, this categorization process is not only legal process but it also obviously involves a sociolinguistic approach.


European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages Minority language Speaker Legal protection Sociolinguistics Biopolitics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olivier Dubos
    • 1
  • Victor Guset
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Law, EA 506 CRDEIUniversity of BordeauxBordeauxFrance
  2. 2.EA 4703 CUREJUniversity of Rouen NormandieMont-Saint-AignanFrance

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