Linguistic Recognition in Deeply Divided Societies: Antagonism or Reconciliation?

Philip McDermott, Mairead Nic Craith

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This chapter evaluates the routes of recognition for minority languages in deeply divided societies. With reference to regions such as Guatemala, Rwanda, Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, the Ukraine and others, it critically analyses both the transformative and disruptive potential of the politics of language. Initial attention is paid to the theoretical notion of recognition and how these debates are particularly relevant to post-conflict places. Following this, consideration is taken of how language rights are applied or ignored at different levels in such broad-ranging contexts. This includes input from grassroots movements, alterations to restrictive attitudes at national level and the influence of global politics in the application of language rights in deeply divided societies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities
EditorsGabrielle Hogan-Brun, Bernadette O'Rourke
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781137540669
ISBN (Print)9781137540652
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2019


  • 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


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