A Defense of Moderate Language Pluralism in Scholarly Production in the Humanities



In this paper we argue in favor of a moderate language plurilingualism in scholarly production in the humanities. We start by proposing some desiderata that a good policy regarding language use in the humanities should meet. We then survey institutional/policy options regarding the use of languages in the humanities and argue that different versions of monolingualism fall short of satisfying the desiderata. As a result, we consider different alternatives supporting plurilingualism and we defend that one of the options, that we call Moderate Language Pluralism or Moderate Plurilingualism, does better than the others vis-à-vis the desiderata. Finally, we suggest some policies that would help to implement Moderate Plurilingualism.


plurilingualismlingua francapublishing in the humanitiesassessment policies in the Humanities
  • Year: 2020
  • Volume: 2 Issue: 1
  • Page/Article: 12
  • DOI: 10.29024/sar.25
  • Submitted on 24 Jul 2020
  • Accepted on 8 Sep 2020
  • Published on 28 Sep 2020
  • Peer Reviewed