Respecting Linguistic Diversity in the European Union

Xabier Arzoz | University of the Basque Country
ISBN 9789027228338 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027291325 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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After the accession of ten new member-states in 2004, the number of official EU languages increased from eleven to twenty. In 2005, the Council of the European Union decided to expand the existing legal framework for Irish and for other languages, such as Basque, Catalan and Galician, which are official in all or part of the territory of a given member-state. On 1 January 2007 Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU, increasing the number of official EU languages still further. This book addresses the challenge of respecting linguistic diversity within the EU and is intended as an introduction to the issue for those not already familiar with EU law. It also provides an analysis of the potential of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union to enhance respect for linguistic diversity. Each chapter has been written by a recognised expert in the field. The appendices bring together the basic legal norms relating to linguistic diversity within EU institutions.
[Studies in World Language Problems, 2] 2008.  viii, 269 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“[...] this work provides valuable new insights and is a must for all those involved in the formulation or implementation of EU language policy.”
“[...] an important publication which provides valuable information and insights to sociolinguists interested in the challenges of linguistic diversity in Europe, particularly the protection of linguistic diversity in EU law.”
“A good primer on language rights in Europe and a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in European multilingualism.”
“[...] il volume in commento fornirà ancora per molto tempo un'utilissima base di riflessione e di consultazione [...]”
“As the new Treaty slopes towards final ratification, and minds turn to the impact of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, it is not just lawyers or linguists who will seek answers, but a broad spectrum of those interested in European studies, and his book (which includes a helpful appendix setting out all relevant Treaty and other provisions) will be an important guide to the new environment.”
“[...] this is an appealing book and whoever is interested in the field at stake is well advised to purchase and read it. It brings together pieces by well known and widely recognised experts.”
“[...] aquesta obra ofereix una visió prou completa dels diferents vessant que planteja el reconeixement de la diversitat lingüística, tant del context polític i social com, sobretot, del marc jurídic que en fa possible la defensa.”
“Das Buch stellt einen wichtigen Beitrag zur laufenden Diskussion dar.”
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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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