1st Edition

Language Rights

Edited By Stephen May Copyright 2017
    662 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This reference volume brings together the key academic contributions that have shaped the field of language rights over the last 40 years. Work in language rights is particularly concerned with the rights of minority language speakers in modern nation-states. It also encompasses related discussions on language endangerment, the maintenance of bilingualism and multilingualism, the role of education, and the impact of English as the current world language in an increasingly globalized world. As such, the field of language rights is also strongly interdisciplinary, drawing on work in language policy, sociolinguistics, political theory, law and education - all key disciplinary areas that are represented in this volume. It is also avowedly international, with discussion in this volume of contexts that span Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania/the Pacific region. The various contributions in this volume also address a range of linguistic minority groups, including Indigenous peoples, national minorities, and migrant groups. This volume is relevant to a wide range of students and scholars interested in issues of language endangerment, linguistic justice, language and citizenship, human rights, Indigenous studies, language education, bilingualism and multilingualism, and English as a world language.

    Language Rights TOC

    Surveying Language Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

    Language Endangerment and Language Ecology

    1. Michael Krauss, (1992) The World's languages in crisis, Language 68/1, 4-10.

    2. Peter Mühlhäusler (2002) The Changing linguistic ecology of the Pacific region. Ch.1 in Linguistic Ecology, 1-21.

    3. Daniel Nettle and Suzanne Romaine (2000) Why something should be done. Ch7 in Vanishing Voices, 150-175; 211-212

    4. Luisa Maffi (2005) Linguistic, cultural and biological diversity. Annual Review of Anthropology 29, 599-617

    5. John Edwards, (2001), The ecology of language revival. Current Issues in Language Planning 2, 2-3, 231-241.

    6. Alistair Pennycook (2004) Language policy and the ecological turn, Language Policy 3, 213-239.

    Language Rights "Versus" Language Mobility


    7. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas (1998) Human rights and language wrongs – A future for diversity? Language Sciences 20/1, 5-27.

    8. Robert Phillipson and Tove Skutnabb-Kangas (1998) English only worldwide or language ecology? TESOL Quarterly 30/3, 429-452.

    9. Robert Phillipson (1998) Globalizing English: Are linguistic human rights an alternative to linguistic imperialism? Language Sciences 20/1, 101-112.

    10. Janina Brutt-Griffler (2002) Class, ethnicity and language rights: an analysis of British colonial policy. Journal of Language, Identity and Education 1/3, 207-234

    11. Stephen May (2005) Language rights: moving the debate forward. Journal of Sociolinguistics 9/3, 319-347

    12. Lionel Wee (2010) Language and ethnic minority rights. Ch. 4 in Language without Rights, 48-73

    Political Theory

    13. Alan Patten (2009) Survey article: The justification of minority language rights. The Journal of Political Philosophy 17/1, 102-128

    14. David Laitin and Rob Reich (2003) A liberal democratic approach to language justice. Language Rights and Political Theory, 80-104

    15. Daniele Archibugi (2005) The language of democracy: vernacular or Esperanto? A comparison between the multiculturalist and cosmopolitan perspectives. Political Studies 53/3, 537-555.

    16. Peter Ives (2010) Cosmopolitanism and global English: language politics in globalisation debates. Political Studies 58/3 516-535.

    17. Stephen May (2014) Contesting public monolingualism and diglossia: Rethinking political theory and language policy for a multilingual world. Language Policy 13, 371-393.

    Language Rights and the Law

    18. Fernand de Varennes (2001) Language rights as an integral part of human rights. International Journal of Multicultural Societies 3/1, 15-25

    19. Robert Dunbar (2001) Minority Language rights in international law. International and Comparative Law Quarterly 50/1, 90-120.

    20. Stephen May (2011) Language rights: The "Cinderella" human right. Journal of Human Rights 10/3, 265-289.

    Language Rights and Education

    21. Nancy Hornberger (1998) Language policy, language education, language rights: Indigenous, immigrant and international perspectives. Language in Society 27/4, 439-458.

    22. Teresa McCarty (2012) Native American Languages in and out of the safety zone, 1492-2012. Language and Planning Policy in Native America (Multilingual Matters) ch.3, 46-62.

    23. Christopher Stroud (2001) African mother-tongue programmes and the politics of language: Linguistic citizenship versus linguistic human rights. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 22/4, 339-355

    24. Ajit Mohanty (2006) Multilingualism of the unequals and predicaments of education in India: Mother tongue or other tongue? Ima


    Stephen May is Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland, New Zealand