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The application of multilingualism in the European Union - rhetoric question?

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Abstract Multilingualism, one of the major problems in the new reality, is considered to be of crucial importance for the European Union, as multilingualism can be identified as the phenomenon leading to the cultural diversity and protects the disappearance of certain languages, mostly regional and minority languages. The treaties and the decrees within the European Union aim at preservation of cultural and linguistic identities of every country. At the same time, the European Union gives the right to every citizen to have the dialogues with the European institutions in his own language. But, in practice, the things are not like in theory. So, we come across the questions: it is really possible to preserve the linguistic identity within the European Union environment? Or, is the application of multilingualism still a problem without solution? Even if the European Union tries to preserve the multilingual reality, from the practical point of view the reality is considered to be much more complicated. In this case, the multilingualism, within the European Union, is the problem still expecting solutions.
Keywords EU; multilingualism; cultural diversity; language; cultural identity; language usage; language behavior; competence; intercultural communication
Classification Sociology of Communication, Sociology of Language, Sociolinguistics; European Politics
Collection Title Media and European diversity
Editor Soproni, Luminita; Horga, Ioan
Document language French
Publication Year 2010
Publisher Bruylant
City Brüssel
Page/Pages 15 p.
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike