Language, Culture and Communication in Contemporary Europe by Charlotte Hoffmann

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It would be helpful for full consistency across the Member States if these policies were to embody a characteristically European respect for the needs of the lesser-used languages of the Union. The political will to make these advances towards the European Information Society visibly exists, in the consensus between the Member States leading to the Presidency Conclusions at Corfu in June 1994. Regulation has become an essential Page 12 component of competitiveness, even where it is a matter of regulating market forces rather than the activities of monopolies.

Page iii Language, Culture and Communication in Contemporary Europe Edited by Charlotte Hoffmann MULTILINGUAL MATTERS LTD Clevedon * Philadelphia * Adelaide Page iv British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. ISBN 1-85359-360-5 (hbk) Multilingual Matters Ltd UK: Frankfurt Lodge, Clevedon Hall, Victoria Road, Clevedon, Avon BS21 7SJ. USA: 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, PA 19007, USA.  Box 6025, 83 Gilles Street, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia.

This in itself creates new challenges. But in addition to these new challenges, there remains the issue of dominance of the new information society by particular languagesan issue which has its roots in the social and technical history of the last hundred years. Because of the acceleration of technical progress in this area, it will be necessary to address this issue more vigorously and rapidly than in the past. There are also social, cultural, democratic and economic issues to take into account.

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