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national languages       294927468

Scope note
A language officially designated the language of a nation or country, usually for cultural and/or ethnic reasons. Such a language may or may not be the official language of the country in question. For example, in Botswana, the national language is Setswana, but the official language is English (The Oxford Companion to the English Language, 1992).

Broader terms
languages

Related terms
indigenous languages
mother tongues

Subject category
18.01 LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS GENERAL

Indexing history
Added 2006. For publications indexed before 2006, see language policy and multilingualism.



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