Linguistic Human Rights: Overcoming Linguistic Discrimination / Edition 1

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Only a few hundred of the world's 6,000-7,000 languages have any kind of official status, and it is only speakers of official languages (speakers of dominant majority languages) who enjoy all linguistic human rights. As many of the collected papers in this book document, most linguistic minorities are deprived of these rights. This book describes what linguistic human rights are, who has and who does not have them and why, and suggests which linguistic rights should be regarded as basic human rights. Linguistic Human Rights introduces a new area, combining sociolinguistics, educational, and minority concerns with human rights. Discrimination against language minorities is widespread, despite national and international law prohibiting this. The book analyzes language rights in many countries worldwide, including North and Latin America, several European states, the former USSR, India, Kurdistan, Australia and New Zealand.
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Introduction 1
I The Scope of Linguistic Human Rights
Combining immigrant and autochthonous language rights: a territorial approach to multilingualism 31
On the limits of ethnolinguistic democracy 49
Linguistic human rights and educational policy in Russia 63
Linguistic human rights, past and present 71
Typology of language legislation 111
Personal names and human rights 121
II Country Studies: Towards Empowerment
Language policy in the United States: a history of cultural genocide 141
The discourse of disinformation: the debate on bilingual education and language rights in the United States 159
Beyond linguistic policy: the Soviet Union versus Estonia 179
Maori language rights in New Zealand 209
The Sami Language Act 219
Australia's language policies and minority rights: a core value perspective 235
Combating educational disadvantage among Lebanese Australian children 253
III Post-Colonial Dilemmas and Struggles
Indigenous education in Latin America: policies and legal frameworks 271
Linguistic rights for Amerindian peoples in Latin America 289
"Minority" cultures and their communication rights 305
Kashmiri, a majority-minority language: an exploratory essay 317
Language rights in postcolonial Africa 335
Killing a mother tongue - how the Kurds are deprived of linguistic human rights 347
Appendix: Extracts from selected UN and regional documents covering linguistic human rights, proposals for such and resolutions on language rights 371
Consolidated bibliography 413
Notes on contributors 453
Language index 457
Person index 462
Subject index 468
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