Public opinion on useful languages in Europe

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Aleksanteri Institute 2010-2017 en Pietiläinen, Jukka 2011-05-26T08:40:01Z 2011-05-26T08:40:01Z 2011
dc.identifier.citation Pietiläinen , J 2011 , ' Public opinion on useful languages in Europe ' , European Journal of Language Policy , vol. 3 , no. 1 , pp. 1-14 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1757-6822
dc.identifier.other PURE: 14552518
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 960fa3b7-f7dd-46dc-9fed-b6e36f170589
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0003-1801-1042/work/29757193
dc.description.abstract This article analyses the results of five Eurobarometer surveys (of 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2005) designed to measure which languages Europeans consider most useful to know. Most Europeans are of the opinion that English is the most useful, followed by French and German. During the last decade the popularity of French and German as useful languages has been decreasing significantly, while English has remained universally favoured as the most useful language. French and German have lost their popularity especially among those who do not speak them as a foreign language. On the other hand, Spanish, Russian and other languages (often these include languages of neighbouring countries, minority languages or a second official language of the country in question) have kept and even increased their former level of popularity. Opinions about useful languages vary according to a respondent’s knowledge of languages, education and profession. This article analyses these differences and discusses their impact on the study of foreign languages and the future of the practice of foreign languages in Europe. en
dc.format.extent 14
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof European Journal of Language Policy
dc.rights en
dc.subject 6121 Languages en
dc.subject foreign languages en
dc.subject European Union en
dc.subject public opinion en
dc.subject sociolinguistics en
dc.subject useful languages en
dc.title Public opinion on useful languages in Europe en
dc.type Article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/other
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