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Defending national linguistic territories in the European Single Market: towards more transnational geolinguistic analysis

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This paper calls for more analysis of contemporary transnational linguistic movements. Geographers have hitherto focused on linguistic problems within states and paid less attention to issues that arise as languages, notably English, are used internationally across state boundaries. It does this by examining a conflict that arose when forces integrating the supranational European Single Market space came into conflict with a Member State's determination to protect the linguistic ‘integrity’ of its national territory. This conflict would appear to be a precursor of similar ones to come as languages increasingly compete in a linguistic market within an integrating Europe and a globalizing world.

Keywords: European integration; language conflicts; rights and territory; transnational linguistic movements

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Geography, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL4 8AA, Email:

Publication date: 2006-06-01

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