What is it about?

After wars end, peace agreements are drawn up which can support the speaking of lesser-used languages. Sometimes this can cause more problems than it solves since some people see the situation as a zero-sum game.

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Why is it important?

Sometimes the end of a war doesn't mean genuine peace. Instead, it rumbles on. Langauge rights on paper don't always solve problems. Instead, there needs to be a way to help people understand the other person's point of view


We can all see the dreadful consequences of war in Ukraine. It destroys peoples lives and their cultures. We hope this essay will help grow peace in some cases

Professor Mairead Nic Craith
University of the Highlands and Islands Centre for Nordic Studies

As someone who grew up in a place which was recovering from the Northern Ireland 'Troubles' I understand how important identity is for people. Culture can be used to divide but it can also be used as a force for good to unite.

Dr Philip McDermott
University of Ulster

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This page is a summary of: When language rights are not enough, Language Problems & Language Planning, November 2022, John Benjamins, DOI: 10.1075/lplp.00091.mcd.
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