Language Politics of Regional Integration: Cases from the by Michael A. Morris

By Michael A. Morris

Language regulations influence language selection, language status, and language unfold. emerging neighborhood integration, either formal and casual, provides to the sensitivity and complexity of language politics, even if in North the USA, South the United States or Europe. This ebook indicates how language politics fluctuate around the Americas and distinction with Europe.

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Integration for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, whether unplanned or via NAFTA, raises the specter of increasing US intrusion into national life, such as culture, economics, and politics as well as the English language. Integration does not pose this set of concerns in South America. Mercosur is the most dynamic integration arrangement in South America, and poses the distinctive challenge of harmonizing Brazilian culture and the Portuguese language with the Hispanic culture and language of the other members.

Issues which are not of concern to South American language policies are instructive because of their contrast with the North American context. First, South American language policies are not concerned with the international Comparative Language Politics ● 37 context, and instead focus on national language situations. This is evident in the South American hierarchy of language policy concerns. Up to a point, Mexico and the Central American and Caribbean countries are also absorbed in their national language situations, but interaction with the United States has generally become so intensive for these countries that transnational concerns have tended to impinge on all public policy areas.

The 2012 Pacific Alliance joined Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru in economic integration, and has been especially concerned with promoting trade with Asia. Since Pacific Alliance members are all Spanish-speaking, the sole official language is Spanish. Negotiations have occurred to merge the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur. The proliferation of Latin American regional and subregional groupings raises the question of how much each involves broad-based attempts to integrate or, instead, reflects narrower, transient political cooperation.

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