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Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World$
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Philippe Van Parijs

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208876

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199208876.001.0001

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Linguistic Justice as Equal Opportunity

Linguistic Justice as Equal Opportunity

(p.87) Chapter 3 Linguistic Justice as Equal Opportunity
Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World

Philippe Van Parijs

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines linguistic justice as equal opportunity or, more precisely, distributive justice. It first considers the egalitarian conception of distributive justice and the liberal nature underlying this egalitarian conception before turning to a discussion of language in relation to religion and rights. It then looks at four channels that confer an arbitrary privilege to those whose native language has been chosen as the lingua franca: language-related jobs, linguistic requirements for other jobs, face-to-face interaction, and media-amplified audience. It also explains how redistribution from the linguistically privileged to the linguistically handicapped can address an emerging language-based inequality. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the dissemination of lingua franca through immersion schooling and the substitution of subtitling for dubbing as a means for democratising competence in the lingua franca.

Keywords:   linguistic justice, equal opportunity, distributive justice, language, lingua franca, language-related jobs, language-based inequality, immersion schooling, subtitling, dubbing

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