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Editorial Board

By Stefania Scaglione

July, 2009

During the last decade, EU engaged in consevation and valorization of linguistic diversity. This kind of institutional effort produced in the european population an increasing awareness of multilingualism values. However, considering the 23 official languages of UE and the actual spread of multilingualism, linguistic barriers among european countries and citizens are expected to survive long term. Linguistic awareness, positive attitudes toward multilingualism are supposted to be key factors into the creation of a multilingualism culture (Europeans and their Languages 2006).

Countries of the mediterranean area are particularly sensitive to this culture, in that they are considered to be the “doors” of UE for immigrant fluxes. Linguistic diversity is an everyday reality of citizens and immigrants of countries posited at the borders of Europe and, if it is considered a resource, it can improve reciprocal enrichment as well as effective integration.

MERIDIUM Project aims at providing methods and means to sustain and spread linguistic diversity, considered to be at the basis of an actual strategy of reciprocal integration and advantageous cultural improvement.

 

 

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