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Developments in the Field of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Developments in the Field of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages I. THE EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR REGIONAL OR MINORITY LANGUAGES: AN OVERVIEW fl. The Charter and its Material Provisions The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (hereinafter 'the Charter') is one of the most recently established conventions (it entered into force on 1 March 1998) of the Council of Europe (CoE) and yet is one of the most dynamic: In just five years 17 states have ratified it' and 13 more have signed it. Above all, the Charter constitutes the only existing legally binding instrument devoted to the protection and the promotion of regional or minority languages.' The primary purpose of the Charter is of a cultural nature. Its drafters were inspired by the fact that many of the regional or minority languages spoken throughout Europe appeared to be highly endangered due to the levelling effect of modern societies domi- nated by mass communication and characterized by the rupture of the link between gen- erations which had for centuries ensured the transmission of cultural features, including language, from one generation to the next. The drafters of the Charter thus considered that this phenomenon posed a major threat to the cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe, which is one http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Developments in the Field of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6117
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10.1163/221161103X00201
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Abstract

I. THE EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR REGIONAL OR MINORITY LANGUAGES: AN OVERVIEW fl. The Charter and its Material Provisions The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (hereinafter 'the Charter') is one of the most recently established conventions (it entered into force on 1 March 1998) of the Council of Europe (CoE) and yet is one of the most dynamic: In just five years 17 states have ratified it' and 13 more have signed it. Above all, the Charter constitutes the only existing legally binding instrument devoted to the protection and the promotion of regional or minority languages.' The primary purpose of the Charter is of a cultural nature. Its drafters were inspired by the fact that many of the regional or minority languages spoken throughout Europe appeared to be highly endangered due to the levelling effect of modern societies domi- nated by mass communication and characterized by the rupture of the link between gen- erations which had for centuries ensured the transmission of cultural features, including language, from one generation to the next. The drafters of the Charter thus considered that this phenomenon posed a major threat to the cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe, which is one

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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