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Manual of Romance Languages in the Media

Ed. by Bedijs, Kristina / Maaß, Christiane

Series:Manuals of Romance Linguistics 23

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15. The Role of Small Languages in the Media II: Presence of Picard in Medial Communication

Visser, Judith


The introduction of mass media had a negative impact on the chances of survival of small languages. Changes in the media landscape in the 20th and 21st century seem to change this situation. The expansion of the Internet makes it possible to publish texts in regional idioms or to discuss language issues. At the same time, globalization and new tendencies in language policy enlarge public awareness of the importance of language plurality. The group of actors comprises linguists as well as laymen. The following study will discuss the perspectives of changes in the media landscape for the evolution of endangered languages. The northern group of French regional varieties subsumed under the designation Picard will serve as an example. A comparison between traditional and new media, focusing on the types of media, texts, actors and target groups, is supposed to show perspectives of modern media for small languages and the importance of access to media for the identity of their speakers.

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Judith Visser (2017). 15. The Role of Small Languages in the Media II: Presence of Picard in Medial Communication. In Kristina Bedijs, Christiane Maaß (Eds.), Manual of Romance Languages in the Media (pp. 343–362). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110314755-016

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110314755

Online ISBN: 9783110314755

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