Gauti Kristmannsson: The Native Language Movement and European Language Policy
The rise of the national languages of Europe was an important part of the evolution of the nation states and democracy on the continent. These developments have by themselves become cornerstones of what may be termed European identity. This article first recounts briefly the most important moments of what is here termed the „native language movement“ from the time of Dante to this day and attempts to assess how it appears in the in the EU institutions today and how Iceland’s possible membership would influence status of the Icelandic language.
Keywords: National language, comparable uniqueness, language policy, European Union.