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Mon Oct 2 1995

Sum: Linguistic Human Rights

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Date: Sat, 30 Sep 1995 18:13:45 SUM: Linguistic Human Rights
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Subject: SUM: Linguistic Human Rights

 Dear Linguists!

 Thank you very much for your responces to the query from my student
 Ono Aine. I am hereby sending her first summary over the Linguistic
 Human Rights.
 The expression "Linguistic Human Rights" is , by the way, a bit
 disturbing. Is "Liguistic Rights" a better term?

 She says she needs more information. Please address any further mail
 directly to me:

 Hi, everybody!
 To my query about Linguistic Human Rights the following people kindly
 responded so far. I am very grateful to all of them:

 Hartmut Haberland,
 Alex Housen
 John C. Maher,
 Jelly Julia de Jong,
 Milton Azevedo,
 Adams Bodomo,
 Steve Seegmiller,

 1. Books
 Hartmut Haberland introduced the following books on this topic:

 1) Linguistic Human Rights : overcoming linguictic discrimination /
 edited by Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Robert Phillipson, in collaboration
 with Mart Rannut

 2)Linguistic imperialism / Robert Phillipson

 In addition, a brand new working paper by Robert Phillipson and
 Skutnabb-Kangas is to apper.

 Skutnabb-Kangas is the person Alex Housen recommends as a specialist
 in this area.

 And John C. Maher also introdduced his books:
 1) Nihon no Bairingaru . [Bilingualism in Japan]. (Ed. with Kyoko
 Yashiro). (In Japanese).

 2) Atarashii Nihonkan, Sekaikan ni mukatte: Nihon ni okeru Gengo to
 Bunka no Tayosei. [Towards a New Order: [Ed. with Nobuyuki Honna) (In

 3) Cultures and Voices of Japan: Studies on Diversity [Ed. with
 Gaynor Macdonald].

 4) Special Issue on Japan. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural
 Development, (ed. with Kyoko Yashiro). Vol.16.5.

 2. Conference
 Jelly Julia de Jong informed me that an international conference on
 language rights is to be held in June 1996 in Hong Kong.

 3. Situations in various parts of the world
 Brazil: Milton Azevedo introduced Prof. Francisco Gomes de Matos,
 University of Pernambuco.

 Africa from Adams Bodomo:
 Althogh he believes that every child should have a right to have
 education in his/her mother-tongue, almost 90 per cent of adults
 cannot fully get benefits as citizens, because foreign languages such
 as English and French, which are former colonial languages, are still
 dominant in Africa. He insists that the ideals like rights to a
 democratic communication and free flow of imformation can only be
 fulfilled by the mother-tongue.

 We can even subscribe to the list, languages-l to discuss the attempts
 in U.S. Congress to pass a law making English the official language of
 the U.S. Steve Seegmiller says that to subscribe to this list, we can
 send a message to:

 I really appreciate the offer of such helpful information. But
 my dissertation is supposed to cover more or less all areas of the
 world. So some more information on the following areas is needed:

 South America,
 countries which has newly become independent from the USSR(?),
 EU countries,
 Eastern Europe,
 some more parts of Africa,
 India and Pakistan,
 Australis and New Zealand.

 Any further offer of information will be really appreciated.
 Thank you very much.
 Aine Ono
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