Language Protection Act

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A language protection law is a law that serves to contain foreign words in public spaces. The degree of restrictions varies greatly. Language protection laws were introduced, for example, in France , Poland , Hungary , Romania and Sweden (2009).

The French Language Protection Act of August 4, 1994, for example, limits the use of English-language texts in advertising unless they are registered trademarks.

For example, the Berlin Senator for the Interior Eckart Werthebach (CDU) called for a language protection law for Germany in the Berliner Morgenpost of December 31, 2000.

See also


  • Otto Nüssler : The Language Cleaning Act. In: Peter Braun (ed.): Foreign word discussion. Munich 1979, pp. 186-189 (older article on the French language cleaning law, first in: Der Sprachdienst 2/1976, pp. 17-21).
  • Falco Pfalzgraf: Efforts to introduce a language protection law since German unification. In: German Life and Letters 4/2008, pp. 451-469.
  • Petra Braselmann, Ingeborg Ohnheiser (ed.): France as a role model? - Language policy and legislation in European countries. 1st edition. Innsbruck Univ. Press (Conference series), Innsbruck 2008, ISBN 978-3-902571-54-0 .

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