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Towards a European Language Policy
Towards a european language policy

English is currently spoken by a quarter of the world's population. In the European Union alone its widespread use has de facto eclipsed the other existing official tongues. Within the context of an increasingly complex and linguistically diverse EU, the present chapter explores the scope of the Union's language policy strategy. As a starting point, an overview of the ideology behind it and the existing European educational programmes is provided. This is followed by an analysis of two major obstacles challenging the EU's multilingual ideal. First, the development of hierarchical relationships between supposedly co-equal official languages. Secondly, a conflict of interests between the union's supranational pluralistic discourse and individual member states' nationalistic agendas. In the light ...

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