Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

English Loses Currency as Europe’s Lingua Franca After Brexit Vote

“BRUSSELS—The U.K.’s departure from the European Union will erode the status of the English language in EU institutions to the benefit of French and German, with the bloc’s executive arm already moving to ditch English from some of its official communications.

Even before the British government has officially lodged its intention to leave, the European Commission has made a symbolic decision to focus on French and German in statements to the press and speeches, according to two EU officials.

But some officials working in the institutions worry that the departure of the U.K., and the expected sidelining of British EU officials, will mean more meetings will be held in French or German—excluding those who have focused on English as their main foreign language.”

Read more @ http://www.wsj.com/articles/eu-to-say-au-revoir-tschuss-to-english-language-1467036600

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One response to “English Loses Currency as Europe’s Lingua Franca After Brexit Vote

  1. Helene June 30, 2016 at 11:05 am

    English is, I think, too deeply entrenched now as the predominant language in so many domains for much to change, but it is a consideration that was given scant attention during the referendum campaign in the UK.

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