By Robin Adamson
Why do the French safeguard their language so passionately? Can an international language like French particularly be in trouble? by means of tracing the lengthy heritage of language defence in France and through reading the multiplicity of legit and non-official shielding actions and attitudes, the ebook goals to reply to those and different similar questions. It appears at altering govt coverage, quite the hot paradoxical shift from monolingualism to plurilingualism, and at what has inspired it. It analyses the paintings of the strong executive corporations and of the small yet very vocal deepest protecting teams. the significance of the net is highlighted either by way of its large use within the examine for the booklet and by way of an exam of its use through the language defenders. a eu context is equipped by means of comparisons with Germany, Italy, Spain and the uk. eventually, a glance at numerous modern difficulties ends up in a thought-provoking diagnosis for this such a lot strongly-defended of ecu languages.