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Lionel Wee

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737437

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737437.001.0001

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(p.3) 1 Introduction
Language without Rights

Lionel Wee

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter previews a number of ideas that will help set the scene for the discussion in the rest of the book. These include the relationship between language rights and language ownership, the partial and semiotically mediated nature of language encounters, the impossibility of achieving social and political neutrality, given the unavoidability of language, and the need for a deliberative approach to addressing issues of linguistic discrimination.

Keywords:   hybridity, deliberative democracy, language ownership, language rights, linguistic discrimination, new Englishes, Rinkeby Swedish, Singlish

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