Contested Identities and the Quest for Legitimacy

Máiréad Nic Craith

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Focuses on the quest of contested speech forms for legitimacy as languages rather than dialects, the distinction being explored solely in a political context. Suggests that although the European Union supports the role of nation states in the legitimization of languages, the regular use of French and English has enhanced the status of these two languages, thereby devaluing official working languages of other participating nation states. (Author/VWL)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-413
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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