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Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World

Philippe Van Parijs


In Europe and throughout the world, competence in English is spreading at a speed never achieved by any language in human history. This apparently irresistible growing dominance of English is frequently perceived and sometimes indignantly denounced as being grossly unjust. This book starts off arguing that the dissemination of competence in a common lingua franca is a process to be welcomed and accelerated, most fundamentally because it provides the struggle for greater justice in Europe and in the world with an essential weapon: a cheap medium of communication and of mobilisation. However, th ... More

Keywords: cooperative justice, lingua franca, English, native language, distributive justice, parity of esteem, linguistic competence, linguistic justice, linguistic diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199208876
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199208876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philippe Van Parijs, author
Professor at the University of Louvain (Belgium), Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics