Bilingualism versus multilingualism in the Netherlands
What are the consequences of the rise of English for the languages spoken in the Netherlands, a medium-sized EU Country in which most of the inhabitants speak a medium-sized language? There are several indications that the Dutch are moving from being a traditionally multilingual population, priding themselves on their knowledge of many foreign languages, to being bilingual, priding themselves on their knowledge of English. The rise of English as an international lingua franca does not seem to harm the position of Dutch in the Netherlands, but it may harm the position of other languages.
Keywords: multilingualism, government bodies, monolingualism, international organizations, higher education, language attitudes, English language, bilingualism
Published online: 19 December 2012
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