Minority Language Protection and Promotion

Conchúr Ó Giollagáin, Brian Ó Curnáin

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This chapter examines Language protection and promotion for minority languages (minlpp). Feasible minlpp engenders public debate, promoting symbiotic interventions for linguistically diverse communities. Macro-level factors influence the micro level of vitality, through successful acquisition, socialisation, as well as sustainable ethnolinguistic identity and praxis. The minlpp concept of comprehensiveness is crucial in sociolinguistically competitive environments. Restricted types of minlpp are clearly sub-optimal, e.g., if confined to lower-order grassroots promotions or to higher-order symbolic or official status-planning initiatives, and fail to provide the necessary inter-related and comprehensive strategic solutions. The sustainable collective dynamic of optimal minlpp generates ethnolinguistic cohesion and practical societal benefits.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Language Policy and Planning
EditorsMichele Gazzola, François Grin, Linda Cardinal, Kathleen Heugh
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780429448843
ISBN (Print)9781138328198
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2023


  • minority language
  • Minority bilingualism
  • minority language decline
  • Minority language fragility
  • minority language regeneration
  • language vitality
  • Language and culture
  • language planning
  • language protection
  • language promotion
  • Language acquisition
  • sociolinguistics
  • language neglect and demotion
  • Ethnolinguistic crisis
  • ethnolinguistic group
  • ethnolinguistic diversity


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