Contested Identities and the Quest for Legitimacy.

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    Focuses on the quest of contested speech forms for legitimacy as languages rather than dialects, the distinction being explored solely in a political context. Suggests that although the European Union supports the role of nation states in the legitimization of languages, the regular use of French and English has enhanced the status of these two languages, thereby devaluing official working languages of other participating nation states. (Author/VWL)
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)399 - 413
    JournalJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


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