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Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World$
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Philippe Van Parijs

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208876

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199208876.001.0001

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Linguistic Justice as Fair Cooperation

Linguistic Justice as Fair Cooperation

(p.50) Chapter 2 Linguistic Justice as Fair Cooperation
Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World

Philippe Van Parijs

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how injustice can arise when one language is given a privileged status. More precisely, it considers three interpretations of the putative injustice generated or amplified by the adoption of a lingua franca. The discussion begins with an analysis of linguistic injustice in terms of unfair cooperation, along with cooperative justice as the most defensible criterion of linguistic justice. The chapter then describes how non-excludability gives rise to free riding and compares indefinite learning with one-off conversion. It also explains how fairness requires sharing the cost of learning among all those who benefit from the learning. The chapter concludes with an assessment of the policy implications of linguistic justice as conceived in the real world.

Keywords:   language, lingua franca, linguistic injustice, unfair cooperation, cooperative justice, non-excludability, free riding, indefinite learning, one-off conversion

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