|Title||An Ever Closer Union...of linguistic Diversity|
The paper draws upon the findings of an analysis carried out in the period October 2014-February 2015 by a team of researchers from the University of Westminster with support from colleagues from across the EU. The analysis identified the linguistic communities across the 28 EU member states as recognized (or not) by the country’s legislation and the linguistic rights of these communities in education, judiciary and public services. The findings present a complex picture of different linguistic traditions, as well as different levels of minority language use. Education and media appear as the two areas where these minority languages are most used. The article highlights the diversity of national policies across the EU towards minority languages. At the same time it identifies a number of factors that influence the use of minority languages in one context and not in another. Finally, the paper proposes a policy approach that would enhance education in minority languages, strengthen community cohesion and diversity in a globalizing world.
|Keywords||linguistic diversity, less-dominant languages, education policy, European Union|
|Journal||Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching|
|Journal citation||7 (2), pp. 319-336|
|Publisher||Department of English Studies, Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts, Adam Mickiewicz University|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.14746/ssllt.2017.7.2.8|
|License||CC BY 4.0|