By J. Muller
In a different contribution to realizing the interplay of language coverage and making plans in glossy clash answer, Janet Muller provides an insider account of the quest for enhanced prestige for the Irish language in Northern eire from the Eighties.
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Extra info for Language and Conflict in Northern Ireland and Canada: A Silent War (Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities)
The B&BC findings led to the enactment of the Official Languages Act (LLO / OLA) by the federal government in 1969. With the introduction in 1976 28 Language and Conflict in Northern Ireland and Canada of Quebec’s Law 101, the Charter for the French Language (CFL / CLF), Canada had two different language planning and policy approaches. Levine (1990) has detailed the dramatic effect of Quebec’s CFL / CLF on the linguistic gateway city of Montreal. For some, the 1969 federal LLO / OLA had as its overriding political purpose the shoring up of the power base and longevity of Anglophone rejectionists in Quebec and of undermining Quebec nationalism (Lacorne 2003).
Thus, it re-affirmed the bilingualism measures in the courts that had been in place in Quebec under British rule, extending them to the federation. Legislation was to be adopted in both French and English, and there was to be a guarantee that participants from a range of sectors would have access to court proceedings through either English or French. The Constitution also placed a duty upon Quebec to maintain both Catholic and Protestant schools and ensured that Anglophone Québécois had control over English language schools.
118) cautions that ‘international law is not a suicide pact for states’ and is unlikely to be applied in a manner that will endanger hegemonic interests. Ambiguity in international law is more often advantageous to the strong than to the weak. Current self-determination interpretations are a conundrum which may in part contribute to the emergence of ‘solutions’ that stop short of autonomy. With the issue of self-determination for the NoI effectively shelved, over a period of thirty years Irish protagonists in the conflict eventually engaged with more partial solutions.