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Language without Rights

Lionel Wee


This volume is a book-length critique of the concept of language rights. It presents a balanced, though ultimately skeptical, evaluation of language rights. Through a sophisticated synthesis of insights from a variety of disciplines, including linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, sociology and political philosophy, it demonstrates how the appeal to language rights faces a number of conceptual and practical problems, particularly because the discourse of rights is fundamentally inconsistent with the socially variable nature of language. The book also explores an alternative that is more i ... More

Keywords: citizenship, deliberative democracy, ethnic minorities, language boundaries, language rights, multiculturalism, semiotic resource

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199737437
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737437.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lionel Wee, author
National University of Singapore

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