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Linguistic Diversity and European Democracy

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Edited by: Anne Lise Kjaer, Silvia Adamo

ISBN13: 9781409408604
Published: March 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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What role does linguistic diversity play in European democratic and legal processes? Is it an obstacle to deliberative democracy and a hindrance to legal certainty and the possibility of uniform law or a cultural and economic asset and a prerequisite for the free movement of citizens? This book examines the tensions and contradictions of European language laws and policy from a multi-disciplinary perspective. With contributions from leading researchers in EU law and legal theory, political science, sociology, sociolinguistic and cognitive linguistics it combines mutually exclusive and competing perspectives of linguistic diversity. The work will be a valuable resource for academics and researchers in the areas of European law, legal theory, and language.

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EU Law
Linguistic diversity and European democracy: introduction and overview, Anne Lise Kjaer and Silvia Adamo
Neither united nor diverse? The language issue and political legitimation in the European Union, Peter A. Kraus
Democracy, communities of communication and the European Union, Sue Wright
The EU and languages: diversity in what unity?, Robert Philipson
Getting ready for a new Tower of Babel, Magali Gravier and Lita Lundquist
Multilingual and multicultural legal reasoning. The European Court of Justice, Joxerramon Bengoetxea
The multilingualism of the European Union law in the national courts - beyond textbooks, Michael Bobek
In defence of (limited) multilingualism: problems and possibilities of the multilingual interpretation of European Union law in national courts, Mattias Derlen
Language rights - the interaction between domestic and European developments, Bruno de Witte
The model character of Swiss language law, Dagmar Richter
Language and languages in European ideology, political documents, and real life, Jens Normann Jorgensen