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National and European Language Policies

Contributions to the Annual Conference 2007 of EFNIL in Riga


Gerhard Stickel (EFNIL)

The diversity of the European languages is an essential component of the cultural wealth and identity of our continent. In several overview papers on the present linguistic situation within the European Union and in a series of reports on the language policies of various member states, congruencies and discrepancies between linguistic concepts and programs of the institutions of the Union itself and those of individual constituent countries are being described and discussed. A resolution on national and European language policy, approved by the General Assembly of EFNIL, the European Federation of National Institutions for Language, and presented here in all official languages of the Union, concludes the discussion with a call for the improved co-ordination of national and European language planning based on reliable empirical facts.
Contents: Gerhard Stickel: Zur Eröffnung / Opening address – Jānis Valdmanis: Valsts valodas ağentūras direktora uzruna / The Welcoming Address by the Director of the Latvian State Language Agency – Ulrich Ammon: Über die Dilemmata jeglicher EU-Sprachenpolitik – Mart Rannut: Threats to national languages in Europe – Bessie Dendrinos/Maria Theodoropoulou: Language issues and language policies in Greece – Márta Fischer: National and European language policies - case study Hungary – Ina Druviete: The Latvian language: Official language of the Republic of Latvia and official language of the European Union – Jean-François Baldi : Politique nationale, politique européenne de la langue : opposition, complémentarité ou synergie ? – Fernanda Barrocas : L’apprentissage de langues dans le système éducatif portugais : Un défi nouveau pour une nouvelle realité – Augusto Carli : Le concept de ‘vitalité linguistique’ à l’exemple des ‘langues minoritaires’, des ‘langues moins utilisées’ et des ‘langues majoritaires’ – Marius Sala : Les politiques linguistiques en Roumanie – Pádraig Ó Riagáin: International norms and domestic language policies: The Republic of Ireland and the EU – Niels Davidsen-Nielsen: Danish language policy in comparison with the language policy of the European Union – Janez Dular: Slowenische Sprachpolitik im Verhältnis zur europäischen Sprachpolitik – Robert Phillipson: Is there any unity in diversity in language policies national and supranational? English as an EU lingua franca or lingua frankensteinia?