Re-Thinking Legal and Factual Barriers in the Internal Market
Edited by Sybe de Vries, Elena Ioriatti, Paolo Guarda and Elisabetta Pulice
Chapter 13: EU multilingualism and rivalries of rights: from barriers to plurilingualism
Starting from the intricate and multifaceted issues connected to the role that language may perform at both the European and national level, the chapter aims at studying the various barriers deriving from European Union (EU) linguistic diversity, as an interesting perspective from which to analyse the multilayered character of EU citizenship and to reflect on how to better exploit the EU linguistic richness while mitigating those barriers. To deal with these issues properly, the chapter focuses on the reasons justifying a linguistic requirement, in the light of the differences between factual and legal barriers. The need for a plurality of factors, sources of law, policies and actors to manage the challenges deriving from linguistic diversity are also considered. In particular, education and plurilingualism as tools to overcome – in a balanced and coherent way – the linguistic obstacles deriving from EU multilingualism are analysed.
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