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Academic Paper

Title: Language and identity in Switzerland
Author: Keith Davidson
Institution: National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE)
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: A proposal for Federal status for English as a Swiss language. I have written previously on the role of English as a vehicular language in plurilingual Switzerland (ET42, April 1995) and more recently on the cachet of English in the Swiss media (ET95, September 2008). Switzerland sits at the heart of Europe, not as a member of the European Union but with continually negotiated bi-lateral arrangements and now relatively open borders. As elsewhere in Europe English is widely used in academia, administration and the big corporations, but there is a surprising suggestion from the Swiss scientific community that English should now be given formal recognition as a Swiss language.


This article appears IN English Today Vol. 26, Issue 1.

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