[lg policy] bibitem: Language policy in Slovenia

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
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Language, Culture and Curriculum
Volume 25, Issue 1, 2012
Special Issue: Minority language policy, language planning, and
education practice: cases from the European Union and the United
Language policy in Slovenia

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Sonja Novak-Lukanovičab* & David Limonc

pages 27-39
Available online: 07 Mar 2012


The historical background, political changes, migration processes, EU
membership and the current socio-linguistic situation have all
influenced language policy and language planning in Slovenia. This
article presents the most important aspects of language policy in
Slovenia with a focus on the concept of linguistic diversity. The
ethnic make-up of Slovenia, including the differing statuses and
rights of specific groups, is described in order to facilitate an
understanding of language policy. The role of language within
education is explored, in particular in relation to bilingual
education in ethnically mixed areas. Two models of bilingual education
(involving Slovene plus Italian or Hungarian) are presented and
finally pupils' attitudes towards these models and the minority
language involved, obtained through an empirical research project, are

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