Working Paper #64 by Dr. Federica Prina is now online. The Paper analyzes Moldova’s linguistic divide and the delay in the ratification of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
Linguistic Divisions and the Language Charter – The Case of Moldova. This is the full title of the third Working Paper © released by European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) in 2013.
Working Paper #64 analyzes the reasons behind Moldova’s linguistic divide. Moldova is deeply divided along language lines. The principal polarization is between the speakers of Russian and the speakers of the state language, Romanian-Moldovan. The two main linguistic groups inhabit two largely separate societal spheres, with different media and educational institutions.
Meanwhile, Moldova’s ratification of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages is still pending.
After the analysis of the challenges posed by Moldova’s linguistic divide, one cautious conclusion is:
“Until one moves away from the ‘institutionalization of ethnicity’, attributes of cultural, ethnic and linguistic identity will continue to be placed antagonistically to each other, rather than being perceived as potentially compatible and multi-layered.”
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