Book notice: Minority language media

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Fri Apr 20 19:27:15 UTC 2007

Minority Language Media: Concepts, critiques and case studies
Series Title: Multilingual Matters
2007 Multilingual Matters

Editor: Mike Cormack
Editor: Niamh Hourigan


Since the founding of television stations in Welsh, Catalan and Basque in
the early 1980s, minority languages have gradually gained a new
prominence, particularly in Europe. As globalisation has developed,
questions concerning such languages and the effect that the media might
have on them have become more urgent. This book is the first general study
of the many issues raised by this situation. Fourteen researchers from
across Europe and the USA examine questions such as the media needs of
minority languages, the role of the media in language maintenance, the
impact of digital media, and problems raised by translation. Case studies
range from the representativeness of drama on Welsh television to Sign
Language in the media. Taken as a whole, this book establishes the field
of minority language media studies and forms an important basis for future


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