What is it about?

Minority languages receive differential treatment in the European context. Depending on the status that is attributed to a language such as 'national, regional, indigenous or immigrant', institutions allocate different rights and services. In this article, the underlying mindset in the discourse on minority languages are discussed.

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Why is it important?

The article is important for a critical self-reflection on the contradictory discourses on immigrant integration versus differential treatment of various groups. Policy makers, educational specialists and readers on immigration will derive some relevant lessons.


I believe the discourse on immigration and integration is immensely one-sided. This article examines the semantic load of most common terms used to refer to minority groups.

Kutlay Yagmur
Tilburg University

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This page is a summary of: The concept of minority/minorities in the European national and supranational EU discourse, Multilingua, March 2019, De Gruyter, DOI: 10.1515/multi-2018-0063.
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