Partie ou chapitre de livre
Idealism or pragmatism? : Ad hoc multilingualism and Open English
The Politics of Multilingualism
Amsterdam : John Benjamins
305 - 332 p.
Multilingualism, Open English, Lingua franca, Transitory language regime
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.