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Democratic debate among speakers of different European languages is not only possible, but also helps to protect linguistic diversity

Bonotti, Matteo (2013) Democratic debate among speakers of different European languages is not only possible, but also helps to protect linguistic diversity. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (16 Oct 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

One of the key problems in strengthening democracy across the EU is the diverse range of languages spoken by European citizens. Matteo Bonotti writes on theoretical approaches to language policy and outlines their relevance for the European debate. He argues that although some theorists have viewed a common language as being necessary in a democracy, it is not necessary for this to be a common mother tongue. Mandating the use of English or an alternative language such as Esperanto at the European level would pose both moral and practical problems, but it might be necessary in order to justify the protection of linguistic diversity.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 10:54
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 14:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/72338

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