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Idealism or pragmatism?


This chapter aims at setting out a transitory fair language regime for migrants. I show that a lingua franca regime in “Open English” can co-exist with linguistic diversity and ad hoc multilingualism, and that this regime can be sustained transitionally by bilingual bridge-speakers. Democratic requirements of inclusion and parity of esteem can be achieved through a creative non-permanent linguistic arrangement via ad hoc multilingualism plus Open English, particularily relevant in intermediary institutions and situations where newcomers are not (yet) competent in the host-country’s language.
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Astrid von Busekist. Idealism or pragmatism?: Ad hoc multilingualism and Open English. Peter Kraus; François Grin. The Politics of Multilingualism, John Benjamins, pp.305 - 332, 2018, 9789027201362. ⟨hal-03393854⟩
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