The Status of Official Languages in the Multilingual European Union

Authors

  • Dr. Muhammad Issa Assistant Professor at the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Baltistan, Skardu.
  • Mr. Sajjad Hussain Lecturer at the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Baltistan, Skardu.
  • Mr. Ghulam Abbas Lecturer at the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Baltistan, Skardu.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.56384/jes.v40i1.335

Keywords:

Linguistic equality, official languages in EU, working languages in EU, egalitarian policy, multilingualism

Abstract

The European Union (EU) comprises 27 nations and uses 24 official languages to acknowledge diversity and equal opportunity in the Union. This is an egalitarian policy, which is met with resistance and challenges due to various practices in the EU administration and management. A consecutive policy debate persisted in EU thinkers to decide the official language of the Union, while the nature of the public sphere was multicultural and multilingual.

This paper explores factors behind the hurdles to achieving linguistic equality in the EU by looking at various institutional policies and scholastic papers. The research concludes that linguistic equality is theoretically idealised to promote linguistic harmony in the bloc, however, it is practically unattainable because prominent official and working languages like English, French and German trump other official languages of the EU member states. In addition, making everything available in all official languages of the EU is quite limited to avoid cost burden.

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Published

2024-01-01

How to Cite

Dr. Muhammad Issa, Mr. Sajjad Hussain, and Mr. Ghulam Abbas. “The Status of Official Languages in the Multilingual European Union”. Journal of European Studies (JES) 40, no. 1 (January 1, 2024): 37. Accessed February 25, 2024. https://asce-uok.edu.pk/journal/index.php/JES/article/view/335.

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