How Different Ideologies And Policies Have Had Profound Positive And Positive Impacts On Minority Group Languages

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TOPIC What is an example of a policy or services that seeks to uphold ‘minority language rights’ in Australia? Discuss as a case study. CONTENTION 1. What is your essay contention? This essay will examine how different ideologies and policies have had profound negative and positive impacts on minority group languages/indigenous languages in Australia. The replacement of assimilation ideology by multiculturalism and introduction of new policy at national and state level, to some extent, had positive impacts on minority group languages in general and in particular on indigenous languages. The policy that we will present as our case study is the National Policy on languages. 2. What are they key terms of your essay contention? a) Terms i. Assimilation: “To adopt the ways of another culture: to fully become part of a different society, country, etc.” (Merriam-webster dictionary) “Cultural assimilation is the process by which a person or a group 's language and/or culture come to resemble those of another group.” (Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia) ii. Multiculturalism “Multiculturalism" is the co-existence of diverse cultures, where culture includes racial, religious, or cultural groups and is manifested in customary behaviours, cultural assumptions and values, patterns of thinking, and communicative styles.” (Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia) “ A philosophical position and movement that assumes that the gender, ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of a

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