Lionel Wee

in Language without Rights

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199737437
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827107 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics


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This introductory chapter previews a number of ideas that will help set the scene for the discussion in the rest of the book. These include the relationship between language rights and language ownership, the partial and semiotically mediated nature of language encounters, the impossibility of achieving social and political neutrality, given the unavoidability of language, and the need for a deliberative approach to addressing issues of linguistic discrimination.

Keywords: hybridity; deliberative democracy; language ownership; language rights; linguistic discrimination; new Englishes; Rinkeby Swedish; Singlish

Chapter.  9698 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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