The Status of Languages in Europe
Can a language be applied like a label to a place? Can areas be ‘linguistified’? To put it yet another way, does territory have a linguistic dimension? This is the question that the present article intends to answer. Given a positive response, it then becomes possible to establish a typology of the linguistic situations or, more precisely, of the linguistic characteristics of a territory. Figuratively speaking, it could be said that every territory has a linguistic description, its ‘linguistic identification card’.
KeywordsOfficial Language Minority Language State Language National Language Indigenous Language
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