On Boundary Marking

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

On Boundary Marking

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This chapter examines the extent to which the idea of a right is dependent on the notion of a boundary. For the concept of a right to be coherent, clear boundaries have to be drawn between different rights bearers. Demarcations also have to be made between the objects of rights, that is, the ‘things’ that rights bearers are entitled to. Such considerations lead us to ask whether language can or should be treated as a bounded entity, as would be the case with the concept of language rights.

Keywords: essentialism; hybridity; immigrants; language neutrality; minorities; societal culture; Speak Mandarin Campaign; unavoidability

Chapter.  13345 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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