Switzerland, the small, highly industrialized, neutral nation, is known for its linguistic diversity (four national languages) and international appeal for business and humanitarian organizations. This article describes the historical background of language and industrial development in Switzerland, and it examines how language use in the workplace, in school, and at home has changed over the last decades. To illustrate these changes, it uses data from the national census of 1990 and 2000 as well as academic investigations about language distribution. The main focus is on how English has become a major business language and how schools are responding to the demand of the global economy.
"Business Languages and the Use of English in Multilingual Switzerland,"
Global Business Languages:
Vol. 10, Article 7.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/gbl/vol10/iss1/7