A most amazing book has just landed on my desk: Do you speak Swiss, edited by Walter Haas, is the final report on a Swiss National Research Project devoted to Linguistic Diversity and Language Competence in Switzerland. Initiated by the Swiss Parliament in 2003, the national project (which was known as NFP56 for short) consisted of 26 research projects, which, over a period of three years from 2006 to 2008, investigated a wide variety of aspects of multilingualism, language policy and language learning. I was privileged to head one of those projects, an investigation into multilingualism in the Swiss tourism industry, together with Alexandre Duchêne; and it’s great to see it all come together in this final report.
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