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The 2009 publication of J. Scott’s epoch-making book, The Art of Not Being Governed. An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia initiated a long-standing debate about the ethnohistory of the Southeast-Asian Highlands (“Zomia”) and, more generally, about lowland-highland relationships, “nativeness”, state evasion, self-government, and “secondary primitivism”. This article joins the discourse based on one concrete ethnographic example, the Bru, a Mon-Khmer speaking dry-rice cultivator hill tribe in the Central Vietnamese Highlands. Using detailed ethnographic and ethno-historic data, it argues that the Bru are, if not “native”, at least the oldest known inhabitants of the area inhabited by them — a fact that does not contradict Scott’s deep insight concerning their state evasion.

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into the text of the constitution in 1990, which was enacted into law in 1993. After the first minority self-government elections, local minority self-governments were established within this legal framework throughout the country in 1994, all of whom

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governments investigated. 5 According to the staff of self-government offices, minority clients usually believe that petitions written in the majority language enjoy priority in processing, so even clients whose Slovak proficiency is not very high prefer to

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font size. Section 21 of Law 596 of 2003 on education administration and the self-government of schools regulates signage in educational institutions. Schools that conduct most of their educational activity in the minority language have to indicate

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Győr, returned to the Rába Valley, where they continue to strengthen the Slovenian community, managing its central organizations, namely the Association of Slovenians in Hungary (established in 1990) and the National Slovenian Self-Government (1995

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-to-onset government. b. No self-government. The meaning of (13a) should be self-explanatory and is based on the observation that coronal obstruents are excellent governors, cf. (6), which can also be seen in languages other than English, cf. Pöchtrager (2003) for

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