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United in or torn by diversity? Multilingualism and the European public sphere

Nalivaiko, Inese (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
So far the academic debate on the possible emergence of a European public sphere has been exhaustive however largely neglecting the implications of expressed multilingualism/linguistic diversity in the EU for formation of a public sphere. This study problematises the question of linguistic diversity within the framework of this debate. It outlines and examines the implications of linguistic diversity on the possible European public sphere both theoretically and empirically. Additionally, a sociolinguistic perspective is introduced, connecting the notion of political community to language and speech communities. It is central to understanding whether the main problems the linguistic diversity creates for the possible public sphere ?... (More)
So far the academic debate on the possible emergence of a European public sphere has been exhaustive however largely neglecting the implications of expressed multilingualism/linguistic diversity in the EU for formation of a public sphere. This study problematises the question of linguistic diversity within the framework of this debate. It outlines and examines the implications of linguistic diversity on the possible European public sphere both theoretically and empirically. Additionally, a sociolinguistic perspective is introduced, connecting the notion of political community to language and speech communities. It is central to understanding whether the main problems the linguistic diversity creates for the possible public sphere ? constraints of transnational communication, restricted possibilities to provide inclusiveness of a public sphere and open access to it ? theoretically are surmountable. Empirically this thesis is based on four case studies of European-wide NGOs ? the European Environmental Bureau, the European Youth Forum, the European Women's Lobby and the Café Babel. The management of linguistic diversity of members in communication processes in these NGOs is studied with a purpose to learn about the impact of multilingualism on the constituent part of a possible European public sphere. (Less)
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author
Nalivaiko, Inese
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
European public sphere, multilingualism, linguistic diversity, lingua franca, speech community, European NGOs, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1325541
date added to LUP
2006-06-19
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2006-06-19
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  abstract     = {So far the academic debate on the possible emergence of a European public sphere has been exhaustive however largely neglecting the implications of expressed multilingualism/linguistic diversity in the EU for formation of a public sphere. This study problematises the question of linguistic diversity within the framework of this debate. It outlines and examines the implications of linguistic diversity on the possible European public sphere both theoretically and empirically. Additionally, a sociolinguistic perspective is introduced, connecting the notion of political community to language and speech communities. It is central to understanding whether the main problems the linguistic diversity creates for the possible public sphere ? constraints of transnational communication, restricted possibilities to provide inclusiveness of a public sphere and open access to it ? theoretically are surmountable. Empirically this thesis is based on four case studies of European-wide NGOs ? the European Environmental Bureau, the European Youth Forum, the European Women's Lobby and the Café Babel. The management of linguistic diversity of members in communication processes in these NGOs is studied with a purpose to learn about the impact of multilingualism on the constituent part of a possible European public sphere.},
  author       = {Nalivaiko, Inese},
  keyword      = {European public sphere,multilingualism,linguistic diversity,lingua franca,speech community,European NGOs,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {United in or torn by diversity? Multilingualism and the European public sphere},
  year         = {2006},
}