The Struggle against Monolingualism

Gerd Jendraschek 1
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1Université de Toulouse

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Published Online: Jan 01, 2017


Speakers of regional and minority languages frequently have to choose among two or more languages,a choice that can be crucial to the future of the less powerful language. The monolingualism of the majority of Europeans is in many cases a result of a monolingual language policy. One challenge to this monolingual ideology is English,but the international role of English does not make regional languages superfluous, as these continue to have an important sociocultural function for their communities. However,only the stronger ones among the regional languages can hope to survive. Completely artificial languages designed as a neutral tool in international communication suffer from the absence of a real community that could support them. As a consequence,only multilingualism can offer some kind of solution to the problems of interlingual communication.

Keywords: monolingualisrn; artificial languages; international commumcation