State recognition for ‘contested languages’: a comparative study of Sardinian and Asturian, 1992–2010

  title={State recognition for ‘contested languages’: a comparative study of Sardinian and Asturian, 1992–2010},
  author={Naomi Wells},
  journal={Language Policy},
  • Naomi Wells
  • Published 24 July 2018
  • Linguistics
  • Language Policy
While the idea of a named language as a separate and discrete identity is a political and social construct, in the cases of Sardinian and Asturian doubts over their respective ‘languageness’ have real material consequences, particularly in relation to language policy decisions at the state level. The Asturian example highlights how its lack of official status means that it is either ignored or subjected to repeated challenges to its status as a language variety deserving of recognition and… 
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