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French and language ideologies in a multilingual European Union institution: Re-constructing the meaning of language choice at work
LOVRITS, Veronika; Hélène Langinier; EHRHART, Sabine
2024In International Journal of Cross Cultural Management
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Keywords :
English; European Union; French; language choice; language ideologies; multilingualism; stance
Abstract :
[en] This qualitative study investigates stances in reflective interviews to identify cultural patterns that shape the meaning of language choice within an international unit of an EU institution in Luxembourg. We employ the analytical concept of "language cringe" and propose a complementary concept, "language push," to showcase the effects and reproduction of language ideologies in dayto-day talk about languages at work. Our analysis reveals that, within a workplace culture that encourages flexible and convivial use of multiple languages, French speakers have to deal with the effects of the "logic of honour," which is culturally associated with the use of French in France. Based on our findings, we suggest that language choice should be considered a cross cultural dimension in multilingual environments, and that language-sensitive management scholarship should broaden its considerations beyond the traditional issues of language proficiency, namely by inspecting relational and affective factors that shape language use in multilingual workplaces.
Disciplines :
Arts & humanities: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Author, co-author :
LOVRITS, Veronika  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Humanities (DHUM) > Multilingualism
Hélène Langinier;  Ecole de Management de Strasbourg, France
EHRHART, Sabine ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Humanities (DHUM) > Multilingualism
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
French and language ideologies in a multilingual European Union institution: Re-constructing the meaning of language choice at work
Publication date :
26 February 2024
Journal title :
International Journal of Cross Cultural Management
ISSN :
1470-5958
eISSN :
1741-2838
Publisher :
SAGE, London, United Kingdom
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Focus Area :
Migration and Inclusive Societies
Development Goals :
10. Reduced inequalities
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