[lg policy] A request

Christina Paulston paulston at PITT.EDU
Mon Apr 11 15:58:24 UTC 2011


Good example of choosing concepts depending on context. Minority/ 
majority ( from now m/m ) languages are concepts for dealing with  
bilingualism, not DIGLOSSIA.  It will cause further confusion to  
discuss Maghrebi as minority language -- that's a matter of High and  
Low form of Arabic.
	French linguists use a group-conflict perspective in interpreting  
Ferguson, much to his bewilderment ( see EARLY DAYS OF  
SOCIOLINGUISTICS --Paulston and Tucker) which is waste of a good  
concept because critical theory could handle that.
Christina





On Apr 11, 2011, at 8:18 AM, Fouzi Bellalem wrote:

> 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
>
> --- On Sat, 9/4/11, Zaidi <manoo at brunet.bn> wrote:
>
> 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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