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Dynamique des langues et gestion de la diversité

Berthoud, Anne-Claude
Lüdi, Georges
Published in Bulletin suisse de linguistique appliquée. 2010, p. 13-23
Abstract The DYLAN project addresses the core issue underlying topic 3.3.1 - whether and, if so, how a European knowledge based society designed to ensure economic competitiveness and social cohesion can be created despite the fact that, following enlargement, the European Union is linguistically more diverse than ever before. The overarching objective is to demonstrate that, with regard to the creation of a knowledge based society, the linguistic diversity prevalent in Europe is potentially an asset rather than an obstacle. To this end, the project will address the historical, political and cultural developments that have shaped the current linguistic situation in Europe, before assessing communicative situations involving speakers of different languages in a variety of relevant contexts. The project intends to show in what ways different modes of thinking and different forms of behavior, carried by different languages can promote the creation, transfer and application of knowledge, provided citizens are enabled to understand and exploit these different ways of thinking and acting. One of the preconditions for this to occur is that citizens become multilingual and will provide support for the EU's language education policy, notably for the view that foreign languages constitute one of the most important "new basic skills" citizens need to acquire if they are to take an active part in the creation of a European knowledge based society.
Keywords Linguistic diversityMultilingualismCognitive assetCommunicative assetStrategic asset
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GRIN, François, BERTHOUD, Anne-Claude, LÜDI, Georges. Dynamique des langues et gestion de la diversité. In: Bulletin suisse de linguistique appliquée, 2010, p. 13-23. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:38206

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