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Language without Rights

Lionel Wee


This volume is a book-length critique of the concept of language rights. It presents a balanced, though ultimately skeptical, evaluation of language rights. Through a sophisticated synthesis of insights from a variety of disciplines, including linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, sociology and political philosophy, it demonstrates how the appeal to language rights faces a number of conceptual and practical problems, particularly because the discourse of rights is fundamentally inconsistent with the socially variable nature of language. The book also explores an alternative t ... More

Keywords: citizenship, deliberative democracy, ethnic minorities, language boundaries, language rights, multiculturalism, semiotic resource

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199737437
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737437.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lionel Wee, author
National University of Singapore