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Jan 2022

EOP Editorials

Plurilingualism: between diversity and universality

Language and language have had a prominent place in philosophy since antiquity. However, the problem of linguistic diversity appeared with Leibniz, Vico and Humboldt. Two closely related questions have always been raised: the link between language and the "real world", and the question of universality, which seems to join the "search for the perfect language", which tends to be confused with...

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Nov 2021

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Deconstructing anglicisation and anglicisms (II) – The linguistic sinks

Deconstructing anglicisation and anglicisms (II) – The linguistic sinks1 Among the 3.8 million viewers who watched the debate between Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Éric Zemmour on the French channel BFMTV on 24 September, some may have noticed, to their surprise, that the expression "fact-checking" came up about fifteen times in the mouths of the journalists and the debaters, who were surprised,...

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Jul 2021

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Deconstructing anglicisation and anglicisms (I)

Deconstructing anglicisation and anglicisms (I) 1 (Translation using DeepL) The term "deconstruction" triggers emotions and passions pitting the demolitionists' clan against the conservatives'. Critical activity is as old as philosophy. If we want to act, we must first understand. To trace the critical approach back to the origins of philosophy is in fact to mobilise the most recent layer of...

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Apr 2021

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Language, that unthought of

In his inaugural lecture on general linguistics at the Collège de France on 26 October 2020, the linguist Luigi Rizzi observed that "language is a central component of human life. We live immersed in language. We use it to structure our thoughts, to communicate our thoughts, to interact with others, but also in games, in artistic creation. Its omnipresence, paradoxically, makes language...

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Oct 2020

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Linguistic sovereignty? (III)

In a first editorial we showed that linguistic territories did not generally coincide with political territories and that the relationship between language and politics was a complex one. To say that the influence of a language is directly linked to political power is true only to a certain extent. In a second editorial, we tried to show that linguistic awareness is a new idea, closely linked to...

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Oct 2020

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Linguistic sovereignty? (IV and end)

We have come to the end of our investigation into linguistic sovereignty. We have seen that languages cross borders in many ways, although they are always rooted in territories, even when they have characteristics of common languages or lingua franca. Unlike economic properties which must be disposed of when they are passed on to someone else, in the case of languages and everything they carry...

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Sep 2020

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Linguistic sovereignty ? (II)

In our previous editorial, we made it clear that language was not at all the means of communication that a narrow conception of language has managed to impose, but the immense power it has always been. The idea of bringing "sovereignty" and "language" closer together may come as a surprise since sovereignty is simply the basis of international relations and the UN is founded on the sovereign...

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Jun 2020

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Linguistic sovereignty? (I)

There is a lot of talk these days about "economic sovereignty". Could we talk about "linguistic sovereignty"? The word "sovereignty" is essential. If the concept itself appeared with the birth of the modern state and expresses the superior power of the state over any other kind of power, and since the state ceased to owe its existence to God, it had to draw its legitimacy from the people who are...

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Mar 2020

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Can the state of the world change the linguistic order ?

Prenez soin de vous et de tous - Passen Sie auf sich und alle anderen auf - Prenditi cura di te stesso e di tutti gli altri - Cuida de ti mismo y de todos los demás - Ai grijă de tine și de toată lumea - Take care of yourself and of everyone else.   Can the state of the world change the linguistic order ? This is a question that one can legitimately ask, even if one does not have the...

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Jan 2020

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A new dictionary on anglicisms

Why be interested in Anglicisms when you don't sacralize the language and try to preserve it as a museum piece. Because language is a living organ that structures our relationship to the world and which itself undergoes all the transformations and twists of the world. Speakers will therefore seek in its own resources or in other languages the means to understand and say or write what they have...

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Oct 2019

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The time of plurilingualism

The Roman Empire was not monolingual, but bilingual, because the Roman elites discovered the full value of the Greek culture and language from which they drew their inspiration. Everyone knows Gargantua's letter to Pantagruel in Chapter 8 of Rabelais’ Pantagruel in which Gargantua, before even listing the long list of fundamental knowledge to be acquired in the sciences, arts, law, history and...

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Jul 2019

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Views on Africa and the linguistic challenge

Views on Africa and the linguistic challenge On returning from the first World Congress of Francophone Researchers and Experts organized by ACAREF (Académie africaine de recherches et études francophones) at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, from 11 to 14 June 2019, it is natural to take a benevolent look at Africa. First of all, this congress, which attracted nearly 250 participants,...

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