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Jun 2020

EOP Editorials

Linguistic sovereignty? (I)

There is a lot of talk these days about "economic sovereignty". Could we talk about "linguistic sovereignty"? The word "sovereignty" is essential. If the concept itself appeared with the birth of the modern state and expresses the superior power of the state over any other kind of power, and since the state ceased to owe its existence to God, it had to draw its legitimacy from the people who are...

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Mar 2020

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Can the state of the world change the linguistic order ?

Prenez soin de vous et de tous - Passen Sie auf sich und alle anderen auf - Prenditi cura di te stesso e di tutti gli altri - Cuida de ti mismo y de todos los demás - Ai grijă de tine și de toată lumea - Take care of yourself and of everyone else.   Can the state of the world change the linguistic order ? This is a question that one can legitimately ask, even if one does not have the...

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Jan 2020

EOP Editorials

A new dictionary on anglicisms

Why be interested in Anglicisms when you don't sacralize the language and try to preserve it as a museum piece. Because language is a living organ that structures our relationship to the world and which itself undergoes all the transformations and twists of the world. Speakers will therefore seek in its own resources or in other languages the means to understand and say or write what they have...

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Oct 2019

EOP Editorials

The time of plurilingualism

The Roman Empire was not monolingual, but bilingual, because the Roman elites discovered the full value of the Greek culture and language from which they drew their inspiration. Everyone knows Gargantua's letter to Pantagruel in Chapter 8 of Rabelais’ Pantagruel in which Gargantua, before even listing the long list of fundamental knowledge to be acquired in the sciences, arts, law, history and...

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Jul 2019

EOP Editorials

Views on Africa and the linguistic challenge

Views on Africa and the linguistic challenge On returning from the first World Congress of Francophone Researchers and Experts organized by ACAREF (Académie africaine de recherches et études francophones) at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, from 11 to 14 June 2019, it is natural to take a benevolent look at Africa. First of all, this congress, which attracted nearly 250 participants,...

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Mar 2019

EOP Editorials

Francophonie has a bright future ahead of it

March 20 is the International Day of Francophonie, an opportunity to take stock of this rather unknown reality. Some see it as a pure extension of the French language of France, whose future would be bleak. Others see it as a colonial legacy to be liquidated as a matter of urgency Or others imagine it as a literary empire, a major part of a world literary republic. We can extend for a long time...

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Jan 2019

EOP Editorials

Variations on the theme of "Plurilingualism and sustainable development" - 5th Plurilingualism European Conference - 4th call for papers (deadline : March 15, 2019)

If plurilingualism were simply to defend languages (in fact its language) as a kind of sacred object, a wonder of nature to be safeguarded at all costs, we would actually not have much to say. The reality is that languages are infinitely more than just a museum object. In Halte à la mort des langues (2,000), Claude Hagège simply points out that it is languages that make history possible....

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Nov 2018

EOP Editorials

"Plurilingualism in sustainable development", theme of the 5th European Conference on Plurilingualism, triple challenge: scientific, political and media (2nd call for papers - Deadline extended to 31 January 2019)

By establishing a web of links between languages and development, we are entering an area where language issues are rarely present, while many of the works on languages actually concern development issues. By choosing "sustainable development" as the theme for the 5th Congress, we questioned ourselves as linguists on the validity of the expression "sustainable development". As if "sustainable...

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Sep 2018

EOP Editorials

Grande consultation publique de la Médiatrice européenne sur l’emploi des langues au sein des institutions, organes et organismes de l’Union européenne

La Médiatrice européenne organise une grande consultation publique sur le fonctionnement linguistique de l’Union européenne. Si elle le fait c’est clairement parce qu’elle constate des dysfonctionnements réguliers et graves, ce qui légitime le combat que l’OEP mène depuis plus de douze ans, et c’est aussi parce qu’elle pense qu’il est possible de l’améliorer, ce qui est...

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Jul 2018

EOP Editorials

Enseignement des langues vivantes : l’Europe défigurée !

La Commission européenne a publié le 22 mai une proposition de recommandation du Conseil relative à une approche globale de l’enseignement et de l’apprentissage des langues. Elle ne répond que partiellement à l’invitation du Conseil européen du 14 décembre 2017 à faire des propositions « en vue de renforcer l’apprentissage des langues et de faire en sorte que...

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Jul 2018

EOP Editorials

Modern language teaching: Europe disfigured!

On 22 May the European Commission published a proposal for a Council Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning. It responds only partially to the European Council's invitation of 14 December 2017 to make proposals "to strengthen language learning and to ensure that more young people speak at least two European languages in addition to their mother tongue", thus...

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Mar 2018

EOP Editorials

Plurilinguism in Higher Education – A Conference on Linguistic Policy in Universities and Higher Education Institutions

An Armenian saying goes “As many languages you know, as many times you are a human being.” Charles the Great is attributed a similar idea: “A man who speaks four languages is worth four men.” Such a wise saying could complement the European motto: “United in diversity.” Kant, in a famous chapter of his Critique of Judgment, argued that “to think into the place of others” was a...

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