Community and Communication: The Role of Language in Nation State Building and European Integration
Multilingual Matters, 2000 M01 1 - 280 pages
Three processes which have greatly affected European political development since 1945 are: a slow but steady progress towards abolition of political and economic frontiers; a tendency for the old nation-states to fracture, with the communities of which they were composed demanding some devolution of power, autonomy or even full independence; and migration on mass scale. Much has been written about these processes without the linguistic instability always considered. This book investigates how the linguistic dimension might affect European integration.
The nationalists and linguistic nationalism The modernists
integration The role of language
representative democracy The essential role of language
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