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15 JEMIE 1 (2016)

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Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe
Vol 15, No 1, 2016, 1-18.

                          Copyright © ECMI 2016
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Translation Policy in a Linguistically Diverse World

Gabriel Gonzfilez Nfiftez*

KU Leuven

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


       In Europe, policy approaches toward old minority languages (i.e., 'regional' minority
       languages) and new minority languages (i.e., 'immigrant' languages) are different. This
       is seen in language policy throughout much of the continent. And yet this distinction
       between speakers who belong to old minorities and those who belong to new minorities
       can be questioned, or at least the existence of distinct policy approaches for both groups
       when dealing with their languages. This paper will argue that if the ultimate goal of
       social policies - such as language and translations policies - is to bring about a more
       inclusive state, it may be helpful to think about speakers of old minorities and new
       minorities not as being essentially different in terms inclusion, but as having specific
       contextual needs which may or may not be the same. To do so, the paper will focus on
       the United Kingdom as an example of how things are and how they might be different.
       In particular, the paper will consider policies regarding translation, which must of
       necessity arise whenever the state makes choices about language that affect a
       multilingual population.

Keywords: minority languages, language policy, translation policy, United Kingdom, old
minorities, new minorities

In Europe, as elsewhere in the world, matters of language can stir passions. Issues pertaining
to language usage in the public sphere can become very contested politically, both in post-

communist societies such as those in Eastern Europe (see Daftary and Grin, 2003) and also in
long-established states such as those in Western Europe (e.g. Cardinal et a., 2007). In a way

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gabriel.gonzaleznunez c'iutrgv.edu.

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