[lg policy] book notice: The Language Question in Europe and Diverse Societies: Political, Legal and Social Perspectives

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 26 14:35:14 UTC 2010

The Language Question in Europe and Diverse Societies: Political,
Legal and Social Perspectives (Onati International Series in Law and
~ Dario Castiglione (Editor), Chris Longman (Editor)

This collection of explorations of 'The Language Question' ... in the
European Union is a welcome addition to a growing body of scholarship
on related topics ... The chapters are largely complementary in their
approaches, thereby ensuring a genuinely multidimensional treatment of
the book's subject matter. A book that ... provides plenty of food for
thought and direction for future research. Dr Tarlach McGonagle
European Public Law Volume 16 (2010) Issue 2
Product Description
Recent developments in the European integration process have raised,
amongst many other things, the issue of linguistic diversity, for some
a stumbling block to the creation of a European democratic polity and
its legal and social institutions. The solution to the 'question of
language', involves an understanding of the role played by natural
languages and the consequent design of policies and institutional
mechanisms to facilitate inter-linguistic and intercultural
communication. This is not an exclusively European problem, and nor is
it entirely new, for it is also the problem of linguistic majorities
and minorities within unitary nation-states. However, the effects of
globalization and the diffusion of multiculturalism within
nation-states have given renewed emphasis to the question of language
in diverse societies. Facing the question anew involves reconsidering
traditional ideas about social communication and the public sphere,
about opinion-formation and diffusion, about the protection of
cultural and linguistic minorities, and about the role that language
plays in the process of formation of political and legal cultures.
This volume is intended as a multidisciplinary contribution towards
studying and assessing the range of problems that form the 'language
question' in Europe and diverse societies.

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