Research and Markets: Linguistic Diversity and European Democracy

DUBLIN--()--Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Linguistic Diversity and European Democracy" book to their offering.

What role does linguistic diversity play in European democratic and legal processes? Is it an obstacle to deliberative democracy and a hindrance to legal certainty, or a cultural and economic asset and a prerequisite for the free movement of citizens? This book examines the tensions and contradictions of European language laws and policy from a multi-disciplinary perspective. With contributions from leading researchers in EU law and legal theory, political science, sociology, sociolinguistic and cognitive linguistics, it combines mutually exclusive and competing perspectives of linguistic diversity. The work will be a valuable resource for academics and researchers in the areas of European law, legal theory and linguistics.


'European democracy is based on multiple networks and has to find transitional processes between unity and fragmentation. This duality is a powerful tool for social manipulation. This book convincingly highlights the foundations of linguistic diversity and European democracy in a surprising multiplicity of perspectives and settings.' Anne Wagner, Universit du Littoral Cte d'Opale, France

'In the EU, linguistic diversity often is the "elephant in the room": everyone is aware of it but no one dares to talk about it. In academia, the role of language(s) in the integration process has long been an important yet under-researched area. This volume is an excellent way of addressing this gap in the literature.' Thomas Christiansen, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

'Linguistic diversity is a symbol of European democracy, but it also complicates political dialogue and the exchange of ideas. This tension is studied in this book where leading jurists and linguists examine, fruitfully and thoroughly, the relationship between language rights and communication needs in Europe, notably within the EU.' Heikki E.S. Mattila, University of Lapland, Finland

Key Topics Covered:

  • Linguistic diversity and European democracy: introduction and overview, Anne Lise Kjr and Silvia Adamo
  • Neither united nor diverse? The language issue and political legitimation in the European Union, Peter A. Kraus
  • Democracy, communities of communication and the European Union, Sue Wright
  • The EU and languages: diversity in what unity?, Robert Phillipson
  • Getting ready for a new Tower of Babel, Magali Gravier and Lita Lundquist
  • Multilingual and multicultural legal reasoning: the European Court of Justice, Joxerramon Bengoetxea
  • The multilingualism of the European Union law in the national courts: beyond the textbooks, Michal Bobek
  • In defence of (limited) multilingualism: problems and possibilities of the multilingual interpretation of European Union law in national courts, Mattias Derln
  • Language rights: the interaction between domestic and European developments, Bruno de Witte
  • The model character of Swiss language law, Dagmar Richter
  • Language and languages in European ideology, political documents, and real life, J.Normann Jrgensen
  • Index.


Anne Lise Kjr is Associate Professor at the Centre for European Constitutionalization, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen and Director of the international research network Reline for interdisciplinary studies in Language and Law. More recent and current research concerns cross-disciplinary studies of legal integration in Europe and combines theories of language, discourse, culture and law.

Silvia Adamo is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Studies in Legal Culture, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. Her research interests and publications revolve around migration law and citizenship law, including language requirements for migrants applying for citizenship, European Union law and the interaction between law and political philosophy on multiculturalism.

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Laura Wood, Senior Manager,
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Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716