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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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Language and Ethnic Minority Rights

Language and Ethnic Minority Rights

(p.48) 3 Language and Ethnic Minority Rights
Language without Rights

Lionel Wee

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces three identifiably distinct groups or movements associated with the concept of language rights and reviews the differences and similarities between these groups. Despite their differences, the three movements share a particular conception of language, one that assumes the existence of neat and clear boundaries between languages. Also, for all three movements, the prototypical cases motivating the appeal to language rights involve speakers of ethnic minority languages. These observations serve to delineate the conceptual and empirical scope of language rights.

Keywords:   ethnic minorities, language death, Language Ecology, language endangerment, language revitalization, Linguistic Human Rights, Minority Language Rights

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