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Title: EU membership and the Maltese language
Authors: Bondin, Samwel
Keywords: Language and languages -- European Union countries
Language policy -- European Union countries
Linguistic minorities -- European Union countries
Maltese language
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Bondin, S. (2019). EU membership and the Maltese language (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: Throughout history, Europe has been at the epicentre of wars. The countries that make up the European continent are culturally intertwined. Although they are similar, they are separated by language and therefore ideology, given that language plays a vital role in the shaping of ideology and culture. The central theme of this study is the use of minority, minoritarian, and lesser used languages at EU level, and the impact their usage in EU institutions has on the languages themselves and the societies which they help form and which themselves are formed around. Two research questions were selected in order to achieve the objective of the dissertation, that is, to obtain a clear idea of the role that minority languages and lesser used languages have in EU societies as diverse yet united in their similarities. The two research questions are: ‘How does the EU deal with minority languages?’ and ‘Can the official recognition of these languages protect them from the negative impact of globalisation?’. When looking at the EU’s role, it is evident that the official languages of the Member States, be it minoritarian, lesser or widely used, are recognised and given official status at EU level and used in the EU institutions. By analysing the characteristics of Maltese in The Maltese Language Scenario, together with European integration and how and on what grounds the EU recognises languages as official languages of its institutions, it is possible to compare research and to compare languages. Specifically, it is possible to compare Maltese with other languages used by other EU Member States and analyse their contexts and the terminologies which best define them. An analysis was made on the outcome of having mutual agreement on the beneficial outcomes of official language recognition at EU level. A thorough analysis on the negative impacts of Europeanisation on languages was conducted and it was concluded that the most prominent drawback of having a language officially recognised at EU level does not have to do with policy itself. Rather, the main issue relates to the means by which the language is adopted, the interpreters who might be very knowledgeable in their fields but lack proper studies of the language and hence make use of unnecessary influences from other languages which do not portray wholly the history, and the advancements of the language itself.
Description: B.EUR.STUD.(HONS)
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - InsEUS - 2019

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