A Europe of Polyglots

“A Europe of polyglots is not a Europe of people who

speak many languages fluently, but, in the best case

scenario,  of  people  who  can  communicate,  each

speaking his own language and understanding that of

the other, but who, while not being able to speak it

fluently,  by  understanding  it,  even  with  difficulty,

would understand the “spirit”,  the cultural universe

that every one expresses when speaking the language

of his ancestors and of his own tradition.”

Umberto Eco, In Search of the Perfect Language (Building

Europe). Oxford: Blackwell, 1995.

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