Linguistic Human Rights and English in Europe

By Robert Philippson, Tove Skuttnab-Kangs - 2008

This paper looks at policies of linguistic expansion worldwide, in particular at English in the colonial and post-colonial periods. It addresses the issue of whether the expansion of English in continental Europe represents a threat or a blessing. It considers some of the ambiguities in English being promoted, particularly in connection with ESL expertise, as a language serving `international' purposes and simultaneously British and American interests. It considers the attitude of continental European scientists to needing to publish in English and implications for the ecology of languages in Europe.

World Englishes, Vol 16, Issue 1, 27–43, March 1997

By Robert Philippson, Tove Skuttnab-Kangs| 2008
Categories:  Language and Culture


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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