[lg policy] A request

Fouzi Bellalem fouzibellalem at YAHOO.CO.UK
Mon Apr 11 12:18:05 UTC 2011


Hi everybody. I believe the issue of minority/majority languages is complex as it is hard to reach a general consensus, i.e., each group (i.e., linguists, politicians, sociologists...etc) make a distinction with reference to their own beliefs and experiences, but also according to their own interests (acedemic, political, material...etc). 
 
I can think of Vernacular Arabic in the Maghreb (North Africa) where although it is a majority language with reference to its users, it is however labelled as minority because it is not officially recognised by the governments. Please see the link below for a paper that discusses this issue (it's in French though). I hope this helps.
 
Fouzi
 
http://www.u-picardie.fr/LESCLaP/IMG/pdf/elimam_maghribi-2.pdf

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From: Zaidi <manoo at brunet.bn>
Subject: [lg policy] A request
To: "'Language Policy List'" <lgpolicy-list at groups.sas.upenn.edu>
Date: Saturday, 9 April, 2011, 16:53




Friends
In what context(s) can a majority language be considered a minority
language? Are there some examples?
Many thanks and Regards.
Abbas Zaidi

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