Language and Ethnic Minority Rights

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

Language and Ethnic Minority Rights

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This chapter traces three identifiably distinct groups or movements associated with the concept of language rights and reviews the differences and similarities between these groups. Despite their differences, the three movements share a particular conception of language, one that assumes the existence of neat and clear boundaries between languages. Also, for all three movements, the prototypical cases motivating the appeal to language rights involve speakers of ethnic minority languages. These observations serve to delineate the conceptual and empirical scope of language rights.

Keywords: ethnic minorities; language death; Language Ecology; language endangerment; language revitalization; Linguistic Human Rights; Minority Language Rights

Chapter.  13105 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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