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Multilingualism and the Periphery$
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Sari Pietikainen and Helen Kelly-Holmes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945177.001.0001

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The Career of a Diacritical Sign

The Career of a Diacritical Sign

Language in Spatial Representations and Representational Spaces

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(p.199) Chapter 10 The Career of a Diacritical Sign
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Multilingualism and the Periphery
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Brigitta Busch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945177.003.0010

This contribution focuses on a situation that would have been addressed within the traditional paradigm of minority language policy and research under the category ‘regional minority language with a kin state’. Under this category were mainly subsumed border areas as the one this chapter is concerned with, the Austro-Slovenian border region. To explore the interrelation between language and space I will mainly draw upon Henri Lefebvre's (1991) concept of space as a social product. The first part traces the way in which the peripherality of the region and the dichotomy between minority and majority languages was constructed, in the second part I analyse present strategies employed to transgress ethnolinguistic polarizations and to subvert unequal power relations. The third part discusses how under the conditions of globalization and of European integration the notion of peripherality is being transformed and how contradictory processes impact on local heteroglossic language regimes.

Keywords:   social space, ethnolinguistic polarization, deconstruction, heteroglossia, irony

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