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Title: Language, Minorities and Human Rights
Written By: F. de Varennes
Series Title: International Studies in Human Rights

One of the most vexing issues in many of the world's so-called ethnic or
minority conflicts is the question of language use by the State and its
citizens. While international and national law has traditionally viewed
language preference to be within a State's prerogative - at least when
involving governmental activities and machinery - this position has proved
to be a continuous source of acrimony and conflict, and wrong in some
respects. 'Language, Minorities, and Human Rights' is the most complete
book ever written on the topic, providing for the first time an analysis of
every aspect of language and the law. In addition to presenting a
theoretical model for language's particular position and relevance in human
rights, it constitutes an invaluable reference document by including the
provisions of close to 100 international, multilateral and bilateral
instruments involving language rights, as well as the constitutional
provisions of 140 countries dealing with language. By addressing little
explored areas such as the language rights of indigenous peoples,
non-citizens and even the use of script, in addition to more traditional
topics such as nationalism and language, freedom of expression and
non-discrimination, 'Language, Minorities and Human Rights' proposes a
complete descriptive picture of language and human rights as well as
proposing a number of suggestions on how to address and balance the many
problems currently caused by the linguistic demands of various individuals
and the interests of states in nation building.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 904110206X
ISBN-13: 9789041102065
Pages: 552 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 415
Europe EURO 307