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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Protection of Linguistic Minorities

Matt Watson

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 October 2021

Minority groups — Bills of rights — Equality — Linguistic minorities

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 Many states around the world regulate in one way or another the use of language within their territory via the text of their constitutions. The focus of analysis in this article will be those constitutional provisions that can be said to ‘protect’ ‘linguistic minorities’. As such, it is necessary to lay out what might constitute ‘protection’ in this context, and to provide a working definition of ‘linguistic minority’. 2 Following a discussion of how to define the relevant concepts, the article will move on to discuss some of the major non-constitutional ways in...
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