"No One Will Do This For Us". The Linguistic and Cultural Practices of Young Activists Representing European Linguistic Minorities.


Nicole Dołowy-Rybińska

[Band 14]

Nicole Dołowy-Rybińska: “No One Will Do This For Us”. The Linguistic and Cultural Practices of Young Activists Representing European Linguistic Minorities. Translated by Daniel J. Sax (= Sprach- und Kulturkontakte in Europas Mitte, Band 14). Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2020. 392 pp.
ISBN 978-3-631-82775-8 (Print)
E-ISBN 978-3-631-82785-7 (E-PDF)
E-ISBN 978-3-631-82786-4 (EPUB)
E-ISBN 978-3-631-82787-1 (MOBI)
ISSN 2192-7170
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3726/b17208

Zum Buch:
This book presents a portrait of actively engaged young people representing four linguistic minorities in Europe: the Kashubs (in Poland), the Upper Sorbs (in Germany), the Bretons (in France), and the Welsh (in the United Kingdom). In numerous statements cited in the book, drawn from interviews conducted by the author, young people speak for themselves and serve as guides to their minority cultures. They draw attention to the difficulties and challenges they encounter in their day-to-day life and activism. Based on their statements, the book examines the sociolinguistic situation of each of the minorities, the prevailing linguistic ideologies and the role of minority education; it also distinguishes different types of minority language speakers. The analysis focuses on the cultural and identity-forming practices of young people in the context of different forms of community life and their different pathways to becoming engaged representing their cultures and languages.

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linguistic minorities in Europe – multilingualism – speakers of minority languages – language revitalization – language activism – young people of minority communities – language and identity

Über die Autorin:
Nicole Dołowy-Rybińska is an anthropologist, sociolinguist, and professor at the Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences. Her work focuses on the transmission and revitalization of endangered languages and on the relation between using a minority language and maintaining cultural consciousness.


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