Peter Kruschwitz, de l'université de Reading, s'interroge sur la politique linguistique menée actuellement par le gouvernement de David Cameron et plus généralement sur la place des langues au Royaume-Uni.

Si l'apprentissage de l'anglais est un prérequis : "It would be perverse to argue that, in a modern society, one could leave it at individuals' liberty to learn the majority language. It is an essential skill, enabling individuals not only to survive, but to participate and engage constructively in political, social, cultural, and economic life."

Pourquoi ne pas en même temps tenir davantage compte des langues parlées par une partie de plus en plus importante de la population ?

"To learn a language means more than to be able to render discrete words or sentences into a different code. In a society with an ever-increasing number of bilinguals, this must mean opportunity and potential. Increasing numbers of the population have an ability that is highly sought after, but are still barred from access to power and participation. Why is that? Is it really just their lack of fluency in the majority language, or is it the majority culture which is intent on producing monolinguals, thus missing out on the socio-cultural as well as on the economic potential that lies within these segments of our society?"

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Source : The Guardian, 16/09/11