The Importance Of Multilingualism As An Official Language

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Every nation should set multilingualism as their main objective. There are many benefits both at an individual level as well as at state level for people to be multilingual. Firstly, knowing multiple languages helps us to adapt into and interact in this globalised world we live in. Secondly, being able to express ourselves in a language we identify ourselves most with, and have the strongest knowledge of, is a human right. It is important to make a distinction between a ‘national language’ and an ‘official language’ before discussing any further. National language is “a language associated with a particular country where it is recognised as a symbol of national identity” (Joan Swann, 2004) whereas an official language can be defined as “a language which is used for political, legal and administrative communications within a given political territory.” (Joan Swann, 2004) This essay will focus on national languages and their importance across the globe from small communities to national level without overruling the importance of having official language(s) helping to run governments. Due to globalisation, the world nowadays is significantly interconnected economically, technologically and culturally. Even though globalisation is not a new phenomenon, and can be argued to have started already in the 1500s when the transatlantic exploration and consolidation of European hegemony began, the pace and the scope of it is greater than ever² (Ruth Wodak, 2011). Consequently, we
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