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Why the EU should Change its Language Policy. Making the Case for Promoting English as Europe’s Lingua Franca

Jürgen Gerhards

Berlin Studies on the Sociology of Europe (BSSE) No. 32 | December 2014 | Download as pdf



The 28 European Union member states have 24 different official languages. While the EU seeks homogenisation and convergence of the member states in many policy areas this does not apply to its language policy. The present article discusses six arguments why the European language policy should be changed and the use of English as a lingua franca be encouraged.

Soziologie - Euiropäische Gesellschaften