LINGUIST List 10.1478

Thu Oct 7 1999

Books: Politics of Language

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  1. David Kelly, Lang Politics - Kontra, Phillipson, Skutnabb-Kangas, Varady (eds.)

Message 1: Lang Politics - Kontra, Phillipson, Skutnabb-Kangas, Varady (eds.)

Date: Lang Politics - Kontra, Phillipson, Skutnabb-Kangas, Varady (eds.)
From: David Kelly <>
Subject: Lang Politics - Kontra, Phillipson, Skutnabb-Kangas, Varady (eds.)

New From Central European University Press

Language: A Right and Resource
Approaching Linguistic Human Rights

Edited by Mikl�s Kontra (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Robert
Phillipson (Roskilde University, Denmark), Tove Skutnabb-Kangas
(Roskilde University, Denmark) and Tibor V�rady (Central European
University, Budapest).

Linguistic Human Rights (LHR) is a fast growing new area of study
combining the principles of national and international law with the
study of language as a central dimension of ethnicity. Implementation
of these principles is aimed at ensuring that no state or society
violates these basic rights.

This path breaking study broadens our knowledge of the important role
of language in minority rights and in social and political struggles
for LHRs. Exploring the interactions of linguistic diversity,
biodiversity, the free market and human rights, the contributors
present case studies to highlight such issues as Kurdish satellite TV
attempting to create a virtual state on the air through trying to
achieve basic LHR's for Kurds in Turkey; the implementation of LHRs in
the Baltic states; and the obstacles met in education by Roma and the
deaf in Hungary because of lack of appropriate LHRs.

Language: A Right and a Resource is a valuable multi-disciplinary text
which can be used in a variety of different areas of study in the
legal profession, linguistics, cultural and political studies.

Chapter 1: Conceptualizing & implementing LHRs GENERAL ISSUES Chapter
2: International languages and international human rights Chapter 3:
Heroes, rebels, communities and states in language rights activism and
litigation Chapter 4: "Don't speak Hungarian in public!" Chapter 5:
Common language problem LEGAL ISSUES Chapter 6: Existing rights of
minorities and international law Chapter 7: Slovak state language law
MARKET ISSUES Chapter 8: Market forces, language spread and linguistic
diversity Chapter 9: Linguistic diversity, human rights and the free
market Chapter 10: Language rights in the emerging world linguistic
order Chapter 11: Separating language from ethnicity Chapter 12:
Language policy in a changing society EDUCATION & ETHNICITY ISSUES
Chapter 13: Recognition of sign language Chapter 14: LHRs problems
among Romani and Boyash speakers of Hungary Chapter 15: Contempt for
LHR in the service of the Catholic Church

November 1999
400 pages 
963-9116-63-7 cloth	 $49.95 / 31.95GBP
963-9116-64-5 paperback	$23.95 / 14.95GBP

Available from all good bookshops or:
US: Books International Tel: 1-703-661-1500 Fax: 1-703-661-1501
UK & W. Europe: Plymbridge Distributors Tel: 44-1752-202301 Fax: 1-703-202333
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