Edited by Peter A. Kraus and François Grin
[Studies in World Language Problems 6] 2018
► pp. 89–109
Chapter 5. From glossophagic hegemony to multilingual pluralism?
Re-assessing the politics of linguistic identity in Europe
The chapter assesses the politics of multilingualism in contemporary Europe by focusing on the role of options and ligatures in the framing of linguistic identities. Whereas nation-state construction mostly entailed the establishment of monolingual spaces that should make for a convergence of linguistic ligatures and linguistic options, the emergence of new transnational settings at different levels is contributing to an increasing disconnection between language-as-an-option and language-as-a-ligature that affects not only minority, but also majority, members. This dynamic may have important implications for how demands for linguistic recognition are articulated by different groups.