By Robin Adamson
Why do the French guard their language so passionately? Can a global language like French relatively be in obstacle? by means of tracing the lengthy historical past of language defence in France and by means of reading the multiplicity of respectable and non-official protecting actions and attitudes, the publication goals to respond to those and different similar questions. It seems at altering executive coverage, relatively the new paradoxical shift from monolingualism to plurilingualism, and at what has inspired it. It analyses the paintings of the robust govt corporations and of the small yet very vocal inner most protecting teams. the significance of the net is highlighted either by way of its vast use within the learn for the ebook and through an exam of its use through the language defenders. a eu context is supplied via comparisons with Germany, Italy, Spain and the uk. eventually, a glance at a variety of modern difficulties ends up in a thought-provoking diagnosis for this so much strongly-defended of ecu languages.
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This paradox is explained by the fact that the law encouraged the study of regional languages only in so far as they may help in acquiring a better knowledge of French. ’18 (Article 2). The law was very limited in its application since it allowed – but did not enforce – the use of the local language, where the situation justified it and where the teacher was able to speak it. Such teaching was optional and required the agreement of the family. Some small provision was also made for the use and teaching of the specified local languages in secondary schools and teachers’ training colleges (Articles 5 and 6).
Its activities promote the influence of the systems of education in the defence and promotion of French. It operates at ministerial level, encourages cooperation between member states, endeavours to integrate their (French-language) education systems in the ongoing process of development, facilitates the exchange of information and seeks, through cooperation, to pursue common educational (and linguistic) aims (web site, CONFEMEN, Aims). The CONFEMEN works at a similar governmental level with the Conférence des ministres de la Jeunesse et des Sports des pays francophones (Conference of the Ministers for Sport and Youth of the French-speaking Countries (CONFEJES; see web site), created in 1969.
Indb 13 18/01/2007 10:22:28 14 The Defence of French what might be called repeated re-creation of government agencies (in addition to the various bodies working on terminology) charged specifically with attention to linguistic matters and the defence of French. These organisations deal with Cooper’s three types of planning: status, corpus and acquisition. They operate both inside and outside France and are, in Ager’s terms (1996: 54–63) examples of ‘constituent’ policy agencies: ‘institutions and organisations established by – or in some cases supported by – the state in pursuance of it aims’ (Ager, 1996: 54).