Potential positives and negatives in Welsh language policy documents

SAYERS, Dave (2014). Potential positives and negatives in Welsh language policy documents. In: : Potential positive and negatives in the Welsh Government's drive for increased bilingualism, Cardiff University, 27 June 2014. (Unpublished)

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This talk discusses the different priorities stated in the Welsh Government’s flagship policy documents published over the last decade. Overall these texts tend to prioritise the Welsh language as an end in itself, separately prioritised over and above the pursuit of human wellbeing. At least, that is the balance reflected in the explicit wording of these texts. Understandably this is not the whole story; there are clearly layers of implicit meaning within plans to increase bilingualism, to do with community empowerment and cultural survival. Nevertheless there is a shortfall in how those additional meanings are articulated. Meanwhile policy texts contain some justifications for excluding individuals from the workforce as a result of low Welsh proficiency, which could be a palpable detriment to those employees’ wellbeing. There are clear potential positive and negatives in Welsh language policy texts, which emerge under this sort of close reading.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Humanities Research Centre
Depositing User: Jill Hazard
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2015 08:53
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2015 08:53
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10656

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