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Open Linguistics: Special Issue on Perspectives on Language Sustainability: Discourses, Policies and Practices



This special issue aims to examine theoretically- and empirically-founded approaches to language endangerment, vitality maintenance, and revitalisation. The articles take into consideration the intricate relationship between a variety of factors affecting language vitality and sustainability with a special focus on their management across diverse policy levels (global, local, individual). Papers in this volume demonstrate how such issues are linked to global shifts in modes of living, marked by the precarious conditions that either stem from free-market economy or the global turmoil and unrest that is destabilising political order in Europe and globally. Other factors that contribute to, or are affected by, (recent) changes in local language ecologies and, specifically, in small (and endangered) language communities worldwide, are also discussed. Various discourses and policies related to language endangerment, as well as practices related to rendering endangered languages more sustainable, are presented.


Klara Bilić Meštrić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Lucija Šimičić, University of Zadar, Croatia


Language Orientations and the Sustainability of Arbanasi Language in Croatia – A Case of Linguistic Injustice
Klara Bilić Meštrić, and Lucija Šimičić


From the Logic of Elimination to the Logic of the Gift: Towards a Decolonial Theory of Tlingit Language Revitalization
William A. Geiger


 Perspectives on Language Sustainability in a Performance Era: Discourses, Policies, and Practices in a Digital and Social Media Campaign to Revitalise Irish
Helen Kelly-Holmes, David Atkinson


Theory and Praxis in Community Based Language Development: preliminary findings from applications of the Guide for Planning the Future of Our Language
David M.Eberhard


Language revitalization, modernity, and the Csángó mode of speaking
Csanád Bodó, Noémi Fazakas, János Imre Heltai


Engaging with Linguistic Diversity in Global Cities: Arguing for ‘Language Hierarchy Free’ Policy and Practice in Education
Dina Mehmedbegovic