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ERIC Number: EJ866834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0143-4632
French Antipathy to Turkey's EU Candidacy: The Language Dimension
Darby, James
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v30 n3 p205-217 May 2009
French political leaders have voiced objections to prospective Turkish membership of the European Union (EU), citing material reasons as well as cultural objections involving the uncertain role of a predominantly Islamic society within a European political and economic bloc. Given the importance of the French language as a component of France's assumed special status in Europe and the world, and the rising popularity of English in both the EU and Turkey, it is also likely that language remains a further source of cultural objection, however understated. Turkey, like many other countries in central and eastern Europe, has made English a key feature of its engagement with the EU and the new global economy, directly accelerating the decline of French language use, and contributing to French official antipathies towards the EU candidacy of the Turkish Republic.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France; Turkey