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Local Language Policies for Non-Majority Communities

Possibilities for More Effective Implementation

 

Author: Jovan Bliznakovski
Publisher
: Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” Skopje (IDSCS)
pp: 58
ISBN: 978-9989-2017-8-3
price: Available for free download (see below)

This study represents a pioneering attempt to evaluate the implementation of language policies in local self-government units (LSGUs) in Macedonia, 13 years after the signing of the Ohrid Framework Agreement introduced far reaching changes in the sphere of use of minority languages.

The analysis is based on data gathered in the period between November 2013 and March 2014 through a two-step methodology which involved:
(1) surveying of LSGUs in regards to official use of minority languages (through a uniform questionnaire); and
(2) semi-structured interviews with officials from six selected LSGUs (politicians, civil servants and translators/interpreters).

The analysis offers:
(1) An account of the general state of play in the field;
(2) In-depth analysis of the situation in six selected LSGUs (City of Skopje, Kumanovo, Gostivar, Chair, Studenichani, and Dolneni); and
(3) A set of recommendations directed at stakeholders on national and local level that aim to support a more effective implementation of local language policies towards non-majority communities.

This study was financially supported by the Slovak and Balkan Public Policy Fund.

 

Table of Contents

 

INTRODUCTION

А Plan of the Study

I. LOCAL LANGUAGE POLICY BEYOND THE OFA

Introduction to Language Policy
Introduction to Macedonian Language Policy

II. LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR LOCAL LANGUAGE POLICY

Constitutional Provisions
Law on Local Self-Government and the Law in the City of Skopje
“The Law on Languages”
Spheres of Language Use

III. STATE OF PLAY


Trends in Implementation of Local Language Policies

IV. CASE STUDIES: SIX EXAMPLES OF IMPLEMENTATION OF LOCAL LANGUAGE POLICIES

City of Skopje
Municipality of Kumanovo
Municipality of Gostivar
Municipality of Chair
Municipality of Studenichani
Municipality of Dolneni

V. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS


REFERENCES

CONDUCTED INTERVIEWS

REVIEW: GRIGORIJ MESEZNIKOV

REVIEW: ASSOC. PROF. NENAD MARKOVIKJ, PhD

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