Language: A Right and a Resource
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.
Conceptualizing & implementing
LHRs GENERAL ISSUES: International languages and international human rights.
Heroes, rebels, communities and states in language rights activism and litigation.
“Don’t speak Hungarian in public!”
The common language problem
LEGAL ISSUES: Existing rights of minorities and international law.
The Slovak state language law
MARKET ISSUES: Market forces, language spread and linguistic diversity.
Linguistic diversity, human rights and the “free” market.
Language rights in the emerging world linguistic order
LANGUAGE PLANNING ISSUES: Separating language from ethnicity.
Language policy in a changing society
EDUCATION & ETHNICITY ISSUES: The recognition of sign language.
Linguistic Human Rights problems among Romani and Boyash speakers of Hungary.
Contempt for Linguistic Human Rights in the service of the Catholic Church