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Emergency Language Policy: Principles and Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic

Published inThe European Yearbook of Minority Issues, Editors Ljubica Djordjević, p. 3-31
PublisherLeiden / Boston : Koninklijke Brill NV
  • The European Yearbook of Minority Issues; 20
First online date2023-07-18

This article introduces and discusses the concept of Emergency Language Policy. Research in language policy and planning has not paid enough attention to the study of language policies in emergency situations, when usually there is little or no time to study and investigate in-depth the existing conditions of a language before planning interventions. The Covid-19 outbreak provided the opportunity to critically examine the way multilingual communication was handled in 2020, particularly in relation to linguistic minorities in Europe. While this article does not aim at proposing a theory of Emergency Language Policy, it sets out some recommendations and principles for future policies to minimise inequalities that structurally disadvantage linguistic minorities. The study of language policy in an emergency should focus on the preparation of flexible, rapid intervention contingency plans to be deployed in case of need, and on the creation and maintenance of systems capable of reacting to the unpredictable and of monitoring short-term changes.

  • Covid- 19
  • Linguistic minorities
  • Language rights
  • Emergency
  • Language policy and planning
  • Minority languages
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CIVICO, Marco et al. Emergency Language Policy: Principles and Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic. In: The European Yearbook of Minority Issues. Leiden / Boston : Koninklijke Brill NV, 2023. p. 3–31. (The European Yearbook of Minority Issues)
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