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The Welsh Language Commissioner in Context

Roles, Methods and Relationships

This is the first book on the office of the Welsh Language Commissioner, a position created in 2012 to promote and facilitate the use and equal treatment of the Welsh language in Wales. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost draws upon a rich variety of source material arising from fieldwork conducted in a number of jurisdictions, including a series of documents obtained under a number of Freedom of Information applications, in-depth interviews with key actors from pertinent legislatures, governments, regulatory offices, interest groups, and civic society. The Welsh Language Commissioner in Context is multi-disciplinary in approach, engaging with language policy and planning, sociolegal studies, and the politics of language.

272 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016

Language and Linguistics: General Language and Linguistics

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“A key question in language policy is the effectiveness of central management. In this book, a pioneering and highly documented account of the role of the Welsh Language Commissioner in attempting to regulate the statutory provisions of recent legislation concerning the language, the author has provided a balanced account of the complexities of the process and the many competing interests involved.”

Bernard Spolsky, Bar-Ilan University

“This detailed, scholarly, and robust examination of the role of the Welsh Language Commissioner is essential reading for anyone with an interest in language rights, democratic scrutiny, and law-making in Wales. The author exposes the potentially conflicting demands made of the Welsh Language Commissioner in fulfilling a regulatory role within the constitutional and legislative terms of reference and championing the demands and expectations of the Welsh-speaking community. A paragon of policy analysis, it provides anyone with an interest in the maturing of Welsh democracy with a valuable but cautionary tale.”

R. Gwynedd Parry, Swansea University

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Key Acronyms
1 Introduction: research aims and methodology
2 Independence, accountability and structure
3 Language rights and freedom
4 Regulatory standards
5 Promotion and complaint-handling
6 The Crown, Ministers of the Crown and Crown Bodies
7 Official Language
8 Conclusions: Too complex a regime?

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