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International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology, 2024, 6(4); doi: 10.25236/IJFS.2024.060404.

Globalisation and Minority Languages: A Critical Analysis of the Impact of Globalisation on Minority Languages


Fan Zhang

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Fan Zhang

The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK


This essay critically examines the multifaceted impact of globalisation on minority languages. It begins by defining globalisation and minority languages, then delves into the various ways in which globalisation influences minority languages, including language shift and endangerment, language maintenance and revitalization, and language rights. Through an analysis of case studies and existing literature, the essay explores how globalisation can both accelerate language endangerment by promoting dominant languages like English while also providing avenues for language revitalization through advancements in mass media and high technologies. Additionally, it discusses the role of globalisation in promoting awareness and advocacy for minority language rights, while also acknowledging the potential threats posed to these rights by the homogenising effects of global culture. Ultimately, the essay highlights the complex interplay between globalisation and minority languages, emphasising the need for context-specific approaches to address the challenges and opportunities presented by linguistic diversity in the globalised world.


Globalisation, Minority Languages, Language Shift, Language Endangerment, Language Maintenance, Language Revitalization, Language Rights

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Fan Zhang. Globalisation and Minority Languages: A Critical Analysis of the Impact of Globalisation on Minority Languages. International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology (2024), Vol. 6, Issue 4: 21-26. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJFS.2024.060404.


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