Global English and local language policies
What Denmark needs
The paper analyses the mythology and imagery underpinning global English, the many labels used to describe English, and the transition from an imperialist language into one that meshes with ongoing processes of Europeanisation and Americanisation, largely through the influence of transnational corporations. EU language policy does not represent a counterweight to an expansion of English, which constitutes a threat to other languages. Implications are drawn for Danish, the dominant language hitherto, and for foreign and immigrant languages, in Denmark, a country that traditionally has a laissez-faire attitude to language policy. Building on a wealth of research evidence and experience in other countries, an ABC of language policy for Denmark is articulated. It covers an Action plan, links with Business, Consultation, Diversification of languages and ways of learning them, Europeanisation, proper Funding through co-ordination between relevant government departments, Goals that reflect local and global needs, policies that respect the linguistic Human rights of speakers of all languages in Denmark, and resistance to linguistic Imperialism.
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