Sociolinguistic surveys are indispensable instruments to plan language policy. The data collected through the sociolinguistic survey does not only allow us to have a detailed picture of the sociolinguistic situation of a speech community at a given time, but also to define the objectives (and the resulting indicators) of a language policy. In the case of threatened linguistic minorities that are subject to protection and promotion, the effectiveness of language policy is usually interpreted in terms of increased linguistic vitality. This article examines the case of the minority languages in the Autonomous Province of Trento (Trentino), namely Ladin, Mòcheno and Cimbrian. By using the Intergenerational Transmission Disruption Scale (GIDS), this contribution provides a diagnosis of the linguistic vitality of the three minority languages according to existing data obtained from both previous sociolinguistic surveys and the population census. We conclude with some recommendations about the future planning of the provincial language policy, and the use of data from the new sociolinguistic survey.
|Translated title of the contribution||Sociolinguistic surveys and language policy planning for the protection and promotion of minority languages in Trentino|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 8 Aug 2022|
- Language Policy
- Language Vitality
- language planning
- Minority Languages