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Language: A Right and a Resource
Approaches to Linguistic Human Rights

Edited by Miklós Kontra, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Robert Phillipson, Roskilde University, Denmark, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Roskilde University, Denmark and Tibor Várady, Central European University, Budapest

"An impressive example of insights that only interdisciplinary work can produce, Language: A right and a resource, presents articles by linguists, educators, lawyers, political scientists and human rights experts. ...unlike other conference-based collections, the various contributors form a harmonious and insightful whole... ." - Language Policy

"The main goal is to clarify what linguistic human rights are, what they can and cannot do, and what their implications are in bilingual and multilingual contexts. To achieve this goal, a multidisciplinary approach is adobted, with experts in law, economics and sociolinguistics contributing insights peculiar to their disciplines. This multidisciplinary approach is both informative and rewarding, serving not only to clarify concepts but also to clear away misconceptions and reveal limitations of the scope and strength of linguistic human rights. In this regard, the book is a major contribution to the literature in this field..." - Language in Society

"This collection of papers is an important further contribution and should be of interest to anyone concerned with minority rights and the language question. Its approach is multidisciplinary, drawing on insights from the field of law and economics, as well associolinguistics." - Slavic Review

"Graduate students, sociolinguists, lawyers and legistrators engaged in discussions of linguistic rights will find the broad range of the volume and its focus on key issues in the advancement of LHRs informative and noteworthy."
- Language (University of Pennsylvania)

"This volume provides a richness of detail on LHR from a number of perspectives, as well as providing both in-depth theoretical papers and detailed case studies... Moreover, the rich material on East Central Europe and the Baltics broadens our knowledge of issues related to LHR in a rapidly changing part of the world... the volume raises a number of key issues for researchers engaged in LHR, discussion of which should lead us to a richer understanding of LHR." - International Journal of the Sociology of Language

Linguistic Human Rights is a fast growing new area of study combining the principles of national and international law with the study of language as a central dimension of ethnicity. Implementation of these principles is aimed at ensuring that no state or society violates these basic rights.

This path breaking study broadens our knowledge of the important role of language in minority rights and in social and political struggles for linguistc human rights. Exploring the interactions of linguistic diversity, biodiversity, the free market and human rights, the contributors present case studies to highlight such issues as Kurdish satellite TV attempting to create a virtual state on the air through trying to achieve basic linguistc human rights for Kurds in Turkey; the implementation of linguistc human rights in the Baltic states; and the obstacles met in education by Roma and the deaf in Hungary because of lack of appropriate linguistc human rights.

Language: A Right and a Resource is a valuable multi-disciplinary text which can be used in a variety of different areas of study in the legal profession, linguistics, cultural and political studies.


Chapter 1: Conceptualizing & implementing linguistc human rights GENERAL ISSUES Chapter 2: International languages and international human rights Chapter 3: Heroes, rebels, communities and states in language rights activism and litigation Chapter 4: "Don't speak Hungarian in public!" Chapter 5: Common language problem LEGAL ISSUES Chapter 6: Existing rights of minorities and international law Chapter 7: Slovak state language law MARKET ISSUES Chapter 8: Market forces, language spread and linguistic diversity Chapter 9: Linguistic diversity, human rights and the free market Chapter 10: Language rights in the emerging world linguistic order Chapter 11: Separating language from ethnicity Chapter 12: Language policy in a changing society EDUCATION & ETHNICITY ISSUES Chapter 13: Recognition of sign language Chapter 14: Linguistic human rights problems among Romani and Boyash speakers of Hungary Chapter 15: Contempt for linguistic human rights in the service of the Catholic Church

360 pages
ISBN 978-963-9116-63-4 cloth $49.95/ €42.95 / £29.95
ISBN 978-963-9116-64-1 paperback $24.95 / €19.95 / £16.99