• Peter Hans NELDE (Bruxelles, Belgique)
    The new multilingualism in the EU and the need for a language policy based on contact
    2004, Vol. IX-2, pp. 31-46

    If a language policy, inspired by at least some issues of the New Multilingualism, is to be Europeanised, language policy makers should accept (1) that multilingualism is "normal", monolingualism is exceptional ; (2) that multilingualism is interdependently connected with factors such as economy, politics, sociale welfare and education ; (3) that not one but several language policies may be possible and necessary. Language policy is not a uniform, centralistic or hierarchic device and must be based on a non-discriminatory subsidiarity principle, perhaps in connection with a language-planning coordination centre which would encourage further research, take care of the application of research results and try to support and ameliorate the situation of those 50-70 million minority speakers within the European Union who could, with their multilingual and multicultural heritage, develop an attitude to a better understanding and to the neutralisation of conflicts. In such a way European language policies are not only possible but imperative.