Language, Justice, and the Deliberative Democratic Way

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, Justice, and the Deliberative Democratic Way

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The aim of this chapter is to explore an alternative to language rights. This chapter argues that language needs to be consistently viewed as a set of constructions that serves as a semiotic resource, and that this view of language has to be situated within a model of justice that encourages a reflexive stance toward language practices, if we are make any progress in addressing linguistic discrimination. The chapter also suggests that there are features of the political model known as deliberative democracy that appear to be promising in accommodating a reflexive view of language as a semiotic resource.

Keywords: constructions; deliberative democracy; hybridity; language awareness; linguistic markets; public reason; reflexivity; unavoidability

Chapter.  13080 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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