The Journal of International English and Linguistic Rights

EU LANGUAGE POLICY AND THE HEGEMONY OF LINGUA FRANCA ENGLISH: IS THERE A “RATIONAL BASIS” FOR THE “LAISSEZ FAIRE” APPROACH?

“It is also clear that American culture, through the Internet, music, movies, fast food, legal structure, military and economic power, and language, wields a strong influence on global culture – including language culture.[7] It is also clear that global integration as well as European integration necessitate a standard medium of communication for the international community; and that English (not necessarily “American” English) has emerged rightly or wrongly as that medium. It is also clear that a standard medium of communication is rationally related to the legitimate end of harmonized and reliable communication in transnational communication between speakers of diverse languages. Like a standard medium of exchange, a standard medium of communication leads to «fair” “just” “reliable” “non-manipulative” verbal exchanges between parties because everyone is using the same playbook.”

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