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Language Policy in Multilingual Switzerland: Overview and Recent Developments

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Published in Cicle de confèrencies sobre política lingüística - Direcció general de política lingüística. Barcelona (Spain) - 4 December 1998 - . 1998
Abstract Switzerland is often quoted as a success story for its handling of linguistic and cultural diversity. In this presentation, I will try to assess this success: to what extent is this reputation justified? What are the conditions that have resulted in this very particular way of dealing with diversity in a multilingual state? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the “Swiss model”? Since time and space are too limited to engage in a full-fledged historical, political, sociolinguistic and economic assessment of Swiss quadrilingualism, let alone in a comparative discussion, I will eschew the usual presentation of demo- and sociolinguistic data in favour of a more interpretative approach, with the aim to provide the reader with an analytical, rather than descriptive perspective on Swiss multilingualism today.
Keywords MultilingualismSociolinguisticsSwiss language modelMultilingual state
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GRIN, François. Language Policy in Multilingual Switzerland: Overview and Recent Developments. In: Cicle de confèrencies sobre política lingüística - Direcció general de política lingüística. Barcelona (Spain). 1998. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:39607

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