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English Only Europe? (Robert Phillipson)

Zuletzt aktualisiert: 30 Sep 2006
English Only Europe?, Robert Phillipson, Routledge, 2003, 240 p.

English-Only Europe?

Challenging Language Policy, Robert Phillipson, Tootledge 2003

“Globalization and EU enlargment mean that languages from the whole of Europe are coming into even closer contact. This perceptive book makes a sweeping Grand Tour of the political, cultural and economic issues that we all consequently face, and I hope that those who frame language policy will be influenced by it.' Neil Kinnock, Vice-Président of the European Commission

'An important and timely book, containing a rich and wide-ranging set of ideas about the "on the ground" reality of language policy in Europe. The book is very engaging, and will appeal to a wide range of readers.' Joseph Lo Bianco, Director, Language Australia, The National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australie

'Absolutely essentiel reading if we are to prevent a linguistic catastrophe in a rapidly anglicizing Europe.' Dafydd ap Fergus, Secretary General of the European Esperanto Union

In this timely and provocative book, Robert Phillipson considers whether the current expansion of English represents a serious threat to other European languages.

The book explores the rôle of languages in the process of European integration. After looking at the implications of current policies, Phillipson argues the case for more active language policies to safeguard a multilingual Europe. Drawing on examples of countries with explicit language policies such as Canada and South Africa, the book sets out Phillipson's vision of an inclusive language policy for Europe, and describes how it can be attained.

English-Only Europe? is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the future of the European Union.

Robert Phillipson is Research Professor in the Department of English, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

English Language and Applied Linguistics / Politics / European Studies