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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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On Boundary Marking

On Boundary Marking

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(p.21) 2 On Boundary Marking
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Language without Rights
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Lionel Wee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737437.003.0002

This chapter examines the extent to which the idea of a right is dependent on the notion of a boundary. For the concept of a right to be coherent, clear boundaries have to be drawn between different rights bearers. Demarcations also have to be made between the objects of rights, that is, the ‘things’ that rights bearers are entitled to. Such considerations lead us to ask whether language can or should be treated as a bounded entity, as would be the case with the concept of language rights.

Keywords:   essentialism, hybridity, immigrants, language neutrality, minorities, societal culture, Speak Mandarin Campaign, unavoidability

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