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Migration et planification des langues minorées : le cas du kurde

Abstract : This contribution focuses on planning for minority languages in migrant communities. The case chosen for this study consists of the work of two seminars founded by a group of Kurdish intellectuals, writers and journalists living in exile: the Kurmanji Seminary, founded in 1987 in Paris and the Vate Group, founded in 1996 in Stockholm. The two seminars focus respectively on the Kurmanji and Kurmankî dialects of Kurdish, an Indo-European language spoken by a large population (30 to 35 million speakers spread over Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey). An examination of the activities of the two seminars shows how a minority language can be the subject of language planning in the context of migration and without government support. The geographical distance of the groups from the territories of origin of their language, the lack of their official recognition and the lack of education in Kurdish mother tongue lead the groups to focus their activities on the planning of the corpus (collection, archiving and creation and dissemination of vocabularies). The quantitative and qualitative scale of their work as well as their permanence over time (the Seminary has been in existence for 31 years, the Vate Group for 22 years) make these groups exemplary examples of the role that migration can paradoxically play in the renewal and the development of a minority language.
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Salih Akin, Selda Araz. Migration et planification des langues minorées : le cas du kurde. European Journal of Language Policy = Revue européenne de politique linguistique, Liverpool University Press and the European Language Council/Conseil Européen pour les Langues, 2018, 10 (2), pp.255-275. ⟨hal-02369064⟩

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