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The Language Question in Europe and Diverse Societies

Political, Legal and Social Perspectives

Editor(s): Dario Castiglione, Christopher Longman
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Published: 12-03-2007
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 300
ISBN: 9781841136677
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About The Language Question in Europe and Diverse Societies

Recent developments in the European integration process have raised, amongst many other things, the issue of linguistic diversity, for some a stumbling block to the creation of a European democratic polity and its legal and social institutions. The solution to the 'question of language', involves an understanding of the role played by natural languages and the consequent design of policies and institutional mechanisms to facilitate inter-linguistic and intercultural communication. This is not an exclusively European problem, and nor is it entirely new, for it is also the problem of linguistic majorities and minorities within unitary nation-states. However, the effects of globalization and the diffusion of multiculturalism within nation-states have given renewed emphasis to the question of language in diverse societies. Facing the question anew involves reconsidering traditional ideas about social communication and the public sphere, about opinion-formation and diffusion, about the protection of cultural and linguistic minorities, and about the role that language plays in the process of formation of political and legal cultures. This volume is intended as a multidisciplinary contribution towards studying and assessing the range of problems that form the 'language question' in Europe and diverse societies.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction: Negotiating Language Regimes
Dario Castiglione

2. Theoretical Foundations of European Language Debates
Alan Patten

3. Language Policy of a Civic Nation-State: Constitutional Patriotism and Minority Language Rights
Omid A Payrow Shabani

4. Intercultural Recognition and Linguistic Diversity in Europe
Peter A Kraus

5. What is a Language? The Difficulties Inherent in Language Rights
Sue Wright

6. Linguistic Diversity and the Paradox of Rights Discourse
Reetta Toivanen

7. Minority Languages, Law and Politics: Tracing EC Action
Niamh Nic Shuibhne

8. The Political Discourse on Multilingualism in the European Union
Miquel Strubell

9. English as Lingua Franca: A Challenge to the Doctrine of Multilingualism
Chris Longman

10. Europe's Linguistic Challenge
Philippe Van Parijs

11. The Babel of Europe? Networks and Communicative Spaces
Philip Schlesinger


“This collection of explorations of 'The Language Question' ... in the European Union is a welcome addition to a growing body of scholarship on related topics ... The chapters are largely complementary in their approaches, thereby ensuring a genuinely multidimensional treatment of the book's subject matter.
A book that ... provides plenty of food for thought and direction for future research.
” –  Dr Tarlach McGonagle, European Public Law, Volume 16 Issue 2

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