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Language without Rights

Lionel Wee

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199737437
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827107 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737437.001.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

Language without Rights

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This volume is a book-length critique of the concept of language rights. It presents a balanced, though ultimately skeptical, evaluation of language rights. Through a sophisticated synthesis of insights from a variety of disciplines, including linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, sociology and political philosophy, it demonstrates how the appeal to language rights faces a number of conceptual and practical problems, particularly because the discourse of rights is fundamentally inconsistent with the socially variable nature of language. The book also explores an alternative that is more in tune with the complexities of language in social life by suggesting that issues involving language are better managed within a model of deliberative democracy.

Keywords: citizenship; deliberative democracy; ethnic minorities; language boundaries; language rights; multiculturalism; semiotic resource

Book.  256 pages. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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Introduction in Language without Rights

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On Boundary Marking in Language without Rights

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Language and Ethnic Minority Rights in Language without Rights

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Beyond Ethnic Minorities in Language without Rights

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Ethnic Diversity and Nationalism in Language without Rights

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Migration and Global Mobility in Language without Rights

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Culture without Rights? in Language without Rights

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