Community languages : mapping provision and matching needs in higher education in England

Mcpake, Joanna and Sachdev, Itesh (2010) Community languages : mapping provision and matching needs in higher education in England. Sociolinguistic Studies, 4 (3). pp. 509-534. ISSN 1750-8649

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Abstract

European nations have a complex history of multilingualism. As is now well established, 19th century nationalism across Europe typically promoted the notion of ‘one state one language’ (Barbour and Carmichael, 2000; Gubbins and Holt, 2002) and thus initiated moves to eradicate so called ‘regional’ or ‘minority’ languages, such as Welsh or Galician, in the name of greater national cohesion. At the same time, the major European powers were in the process of imposing European cultures, and European languages, on colonised territories in Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Americas.