Anglais correct exigé : Dynamiques et enjeux de l'anglicisation dans les entreprises françaises

Abstract : The object of this thesis is the increasing use of the English language in organizations (mainly private companies) in France, which we refer to as 'anglicization'. Our aim is to analyze the mechanisms of an organizational dynamic that raises major issues. The first part of the thesis deals with anglicization as a social issue. We describe the French context, marked by a controversy over "tout-anglais" - that is all-English corporate policies - where ideology plays a leading role. Stakeholders, their motivations and arguments are reviewed. A chapter is then dedicated to France's so-called Loi Toubon, which plays an essential part in the debate. In the second part, we set out to describe anglicization as a phenomenon. We propose a novel framework of analysis based on the concept of language boundaries, which we confront with a number of cases from various organizations. It appears that anglicization, far from being a managerial fad, can be analyzed as the result of mechanisms where corporate actors play an active role. The third part focuses on anglicization as a management object. We introduce a simple framework for the description of language management in companies. Two major challenges posed by anglicization are then discussed at length: foreign language training and translation. The conclusion endeavors to resolve the tension between the apparent inevitability of anglicization and the need, felt by a number of stakeholders, to defend French as a working language, introducing the concept of corporate sociolinguistic responsibility.
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Jérôme Saulière. Anglais correct exigé : Dynamiques et enjeux de l'anglicisation dans les entreprises françaises. Gestion et management. Ecole Polytechnique X, 2014. Français. ⟨pastel-01020979⟩

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