TITLE

UNE CONCEPTION DYNAMIQUE DU PRINCIPE DE TERRITORIALITÉ LINGUISTIQUE

AUTHOR(S)
Stojanovic, Nenad
PUB. DATE
April 2010
SOURCE
Politique et Sociétés;2010, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p231
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The linguistic territoriality principle (LTP) states that each territory can have only one official language : cuius regio, eius lingua. Once established, the linguistic borders can hardly be changed. Its advocates claim that the LTP is the best way to protect vulnerable languages and that it ensures a "context of choice" to individuals. Critics, however, stress the high costs of the LTP in multilingual settings, especially with regard to identity and freedom of individuals whose language has not been officially recognized. The article argues that most critiques can be tackled by adopting a more dynamic conception of the LTP. Thus the relevant "territory" must not be the nation-state and not even a federal unit and changes of linguistic borders can be explicitly permitted and submitted to transparent direct-democratic procedures. A recent language law introduced in the trilingual (German/Italian/Romansh) canton of the Grisons, Switzerland, nicely fits this model. It provides interesting solutions of protection for Romansh, a language whose survival is menaced.
ACCESSION #
51773416

 

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