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International Journal of the Sociology of Language

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Volume 2013, Issue 223


Institutional Breton language policy after language shift

Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin
Published Online: 2013-09-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2013-0048


The last twenty years have seen a remarkable change in public and institutional support for Breton language promotion. Language activists who had previously resisted and opposed the actions of the French state are now to the fore in designing and implementing institutional language policies to promote Breton, particularly in schooling, adult learning, media, arts and the public space. Spolsky (2003) usefully distinguishes between policies aimed at “revitalization” in home language acquisition and usage (notably in educational policy) and “regeneration” in activities in wider society. This paper concentrates on the regeneration efforts exemplified by the Ya d'ar Brezhoneg program for local language plans, drawing on qualitative interview data from Breton language professionals and employees of Ofis ar Brezhoneg, the Region's Breton language promotion agency.

Keywords: language plans; regional language policy; revitalization and regeneration; Breton

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Published Online: 2013-09-14

Published in Print: 2013-09-14

Citation Information: International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Volume 2013, Issue 223, Pages 117–135, ISSN (Online) 1613-3668, ISSN (Print) 0165-2516, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2013-0048.

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