language policy

Babel Tower

The European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in Slovakia

Academic paper
Monika Nemcová
21 minutes to read

An analysis of implementation of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Slovakia in pre-school and primary education with a focus on Hungarian, Ruthenian, Ukrainian and Romani languages.

Tatra mountains at Slovak-Polish border

The case of the Slovak minority in Poland

Academic paper
Monika Nemcová
22 minutes to read

Focusing on education and the media, this article analyses Slovak as a minority language in Poland. It argues that the Polish language policy is inextricably connected to educational and national policies.

Why is character amnesia in China considered problematic?

Lisanne Nugteren
23 minutes to read

In the People's Republic of China, due to rapid technological developments more and more people rely on voice messaging and pinyin input for producing texts, rather than writing them by hand.

Language Policy in Timor-Leste

Sjaak Kroon
2 minutes to read

Conflict between language practices on the ground and top-down policies. Director of the National Institute of Linguistics in Dili, Timor-Leste, drives a car saying 'Kareta Estado': wrong spelling of Tetum, one of the countries national languages.

Going native: Brexit prompts linguistic cleansing

Dennis Baron
7 minutes to read

Brexit is generating a wave of linguistic purism.French politicians urged the EU to drop English as one of its 24 official languages, And now, a British group wants to erase French words from English passports. (Dennis Baron)