ROM1B133 Minority Languages in Europe

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/0/1. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Giorgio Cadorini, Dottore in Lettere, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Egle Mocciaro, Dottore di Ricerca
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures – Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures – Faculty of Arts
Timetable of Seminar Groups
ROM1B133/OS01: Mon 10:00–10:50 D41, G. Cadorini
A2 competence in English language. Students of other departments or faculties can enroll in the course. Minority language speakers are welcome.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course is an opportunity to realize that more than 50 million European citizens speak a minoritized language. The course poses the question: what does it mean to live in a community speaking a minoritized language? Students with the teacher will find some answers.
Learning outcomes
By the end of the course, the student will have become accustomed to the idea that speaking a minorized language is normal. If the student belongs to a linguistic minority, he will have deepened his awareness and will have known other minority experiences. All students will know the European linguistic landscape and the main political and social factors needed to interpret the situation of a linguistic minority in Europe.
  • The topics of the course will be:

  • language status, power and prestige
  • language, state, nation
  • attitudes on minorized languages and groups
  • language policies for minorized languages
  • sociolinguistic domains of regional languages
  • economic and social power of languages
  • cultural life in a minorized language
  • some cases of language minorities in Europe

  • LEDNICKÁ, Karin. Šikmý kostel : románová kronika ztraceného města : léta 1894-1921. Vydání první. Ostrava-Svinov: Bílá vrána, 2020, 398 stran. ISBN 9788088362005. info
  • LEDNICKÁ, Karin. Šikmý kostel : románová kronika ztraceného města, léta 1921-1945. První vydání. Ostrava-Svinov: Bílá vrána, 2021, 606 stran. ISBN 9788088362043. info
  • Minority languages and group identitycases and categories. Edited by John Edwards. Philadelphia: John Benjamins Pub. Co., 2010, ix, 231 p. ISBN 9789027288684. info
  • WOEHRLING, Jean-Marie. The European charter for regional or minority languages : a critical commentary. Translated by Patricia Wheeler. Strasbourg: Council of Europe publishing, 2005, 301 s. ISBN 9287155720. info
  • Urban multilingualism in Europeimmigrant minority languages at home and school. Edited by Guus Extra - Kutlay Yaégmur. Buffalo: Multilingual Matters, 2004, x, 428 p. ISBN 1853597805. info
  • Sustaining linguistic diversityendangered and minority languages and language varieties. Edited by Kendall A. King. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2008, viii, 238. ISBN 1589011929. info
  • National, regional and minority languages in Europecontributions to the annual conference 2009 of EFNIL in Dublin. Edited by Gerhard Stickel. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2011, 191 p. ISBN 9783653009514. info
  • Maintenance, revitalization and development of minority Languages : theoretical basis and practical measures : Bautten, 16.17. April 1999 (Souběž.) : Zdźerženje, rewitalizacija a wuwiće mjeńšinowych rěčow : teoretiske zakłady a praktiske naprawy : Budyši. info
  • LULCL II 2008 : proceedings of the second colloquium on Lesser used languages and computer linguistics : Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, 13th-14th November, 2008. Edited by Verena Lyding. Bolzano: Eurac, 2009, 199 s. ISBN 9788888906522. info
Teaching methods
The teacher belongs to the Friulian linguistic minority. After a brief methodological introduction, the participants will carry out meetings with members of linguistic minorities. In the meantime, each student will carry out a personal research on a European linguistic minority and will prepare a final paper inspired by the structure proposed by the teacher. Some papers will be presented in the classroom. The composition of the class will have a decisive influence on the subjects covered. The final paper must contain almost 14.400 characters with spaces.
Assessment methods
The student will receive the final credit on the basis of the paper he has written. The teacher will present a structure to which the student can be inspired, but works with different structures will also be accepted, if the changes are justified.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course employs the IS e-learning platform:

Lessons take place on the Zoom platform:

Discussion forum of the course:

File ODT with the list of students papers:

  • Download the structure of the final paper.
  • Download for the case that the paper is an interview.

    Web page of the teacher:

  • The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019.
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