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By Robin Adamson

Why do the French protect their language so passionately? Can a global language like French relatively be in obstacle? by way of tracing the lengthy historical past of language defence in France and by way of reading the multiplicity of authentic and non-official shielding actions and attitudes, the e-book goals to reply to those and different comparable questions. It seems at altering govt coverage, rather the hot paradoxical shift from monolingualism to plurilingualism, and at what has inspired it. It analyses the paintings of the robust executive organisations and of the small yet very vocal inner most protecting teams. the significance of the net is highlighted either by way of its huge use within the learn for the ebook and by way of an exam of its use via the language defenders. a ecu context is equipped by means of comparisons with Germany, Italy, Spain and the uk. eventually, a glance at numerous modern difficulties results in a thought-provoking analysis for this such a lot strongly-defended of eu languages.

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Chapter 3 then looks in more detail at the powerful official agencies for the defence of French. Those who use French as their working language have been banding together since before the Second World War, but many more organisations were formed in the second half of the 20th century. Their object is economic and political rather than specifically linguistic – an example of status planning. These organisations act as international pressure groups, actors in Cooper’s terms, to influence French language policy in France and in other countries, their ends being to ensure that those who control the linguistic culture of their working environment act to ensure that it remains French.

If necessary, for example in public transport, a translation or translations could accompany the French text. We can measure the speed of changing conditions, and of the business environment becoming first multi-national then global, as we in the 21st century reflect on the passing of such a law, on the belief that it could prevent the use of foreign languages in commerce, in business documents and in the workplace. There were scathing comments from foreigners and a very small number of prosecutions, not all successful, and in any case, the penalties imposed were difficult to impose and not high enough to deter the multi-nationals.

Chapter 3 then looks in more detail at the powerful official agencies for the defence of French. Those who use French as their working language have been banding together since before the Second World War, but many more organisations were formed in the second half of the 20th century. Their object is economic and political rather than specifically linguistic – an example of status planning. These organisations act as international pressure groups, actors in Cooper’s terms, to influence French language policy in France and in other countries, their ends being to ensure that those who control the linguistic culture of their working environment act to ensure that it remains French.

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