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Linguistic Human Rights:
A Sociolinguistic Introduction
Syllabus: Introductory Lecture
HU901: MA Colloquium in Theory and Practice of Human Rights
Human Rights Centre,
Week 23 lecture: Language and Human Rights
New entries 03 March 08
· New references added below in red
Topic: This week we examine the importance of language issues
to human rights. We introduce a comparative sociolinguistic perspective,
consider alternative efforts to theorise LHR (Linguistic Human Rights), and
tour some general LHR resources. We also examine several key areas in brief:
inter-ethnic conflict over language at the national level (case study: the
English-Only movement in the
Primary online source:
Peter L Patrick, webpage on Linguistic Human Rights: A sociolinguistic introduction, http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~patrickp/lhr/linguistichumanrights.htm.
Blommaert, Jan. 2001. The Asmara Declaration as a sociolinguistic problem: Notes on scholarship and linguistic rights. Journal of Sociolinguistics 5/1: 131-142. [P 1.J538]
de Varennes, Fernand. 2001. A Guide to the Rights of Minorities and Language (2001), http://www.eumap.org/library/static/libr0/l/6/se56p2w.pdf [new item]
Kontra, Miklós, Tove
Skutnabb-Kangas, Robert Phillipson
& Tibor Várady. 1999. Conceptualizing and implementing Linguistic Human Rights.
In Kontra, Skutnabb-Kangas,
Phillipson & Varady,
A right and a resource.
Linguistic Society of
Paulston, Christina Bratt. 1997. Language policies and language rights. Annual Review of Anthropology 26: 73-85. [GN 1.B5]
Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove, & Robert Phillipson. 1994. Linguistic Human Rights, past and present. In Skutnabb-Kangas, Phillipson &
Rannut, eds., Linguistic Human Rights: Overcoming
Robert, Mart Rannut, & Tove Skutnabb-Kangas. 1994. Introduction. In Skutnabb-Kangas, Phillipson & Rannut,
eds., Linguistic Human Rights: Overcoming linguistic discrimination.
TerraLingua. N.d. Frequently asked questions about linguistic diversity, language endangerment and preservation, linguistic human rights, etc. http://www.terralingua.org/FAQs.html.
Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights. (1998).
Arends, Jacques & Eades, Diana (eds). 2004. Language Analysis and Determination of Nationality. Thematic issue of International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law: Forensic Linguistics, Vol. 11 no. 2, pp. 179-266.
1998. Anatomy of the English-Only movement. In Douglas
Kibbee, ed., Language legislation and linguistic
Valle, Sandra. 2003. Language rights and the law in the
Eades, Diana. 2005. Applied linguistics and language analysis in asylum seeker cases. Applied Linguistics 26(4): 503-526.
Michael & Burnaby, Barbara, eds. 1996. Language policies in
English-dominant countries: Six case studies.
Language and National Origin Group. 2004. Guidelines for the use of Language Analysis in relation to questions of national origin in refugee cases. http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~patrickp/language-origin-refugees.pdf
Patricia. 1998. The criminalization of Spanish in the
Romaine, Suzanne. 2002. The impact of language policy on endangered languages. International Journal on Multicultural Societies 4(2). www.unesco.org/most/vl4n2romaine.pdf
& Eversley, John, eds. (2000). Multilingual
capital: The languages of
Branson, Jan, & Don Miller. 1998. Nationalism and the linguistic rights of Deaf communities: Linguistic imperialism and the recognition and development of sign languages. Journal of Sociolinguistics 2(1): 3-34. [P 1.J538]
Hamel, Rainer Enrique. 1994.
Linguistic Rights for Amerindian peoples in
Kontra, Miklós, Tove
Skutnabb-Kangas, Robert Phillipson
& Tibor Várady, eds.
1999. Language: A right and a
resource. Approaching Linguistic Human Rights.
Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove. In progress. Multilingualism and Linguistic human rights bibliography. Terralingua: http://www.terralingua.org/Bibliographies/ToveBibA_C.html
[Sections: (A-C) (D-F) (G-I) (J-L) (M-O) (P-R) (S-T) (U-Z) – insert letters in hyperlink, e.g.: ...ToveBibD_F.html, etc.
Entries in Catalan, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and other languages.]
Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove, & Robert Phillipson,
eds., with Mart Rannut. 1994 Linguistic Human Rights:
Overcoming linguistic discrimination.
U.N.E.S.C.O. (1953). The Use of the Vernacular Languages in Education. Monographs on Fundamental Education VIII. Paris: U.N.E.S.C.O.
de Varennes, Fernand. 1996. Language, Minorities and
Featured events (open to all):
Prof. Fernand de Varennes: topic tba
Lecture details posted at http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~patrickp/lhr/lhrlectures.htm#Lec6th
Reference: A Guide to the Rights of Minorities and Language (2001), http://www.eumap.org/library/static/libr0/l/6/se56p2w.pdf
What are the most
important linguistic human rights that immigrants to the
o education in multilingual British communities,
See Philip Baker & John Eversley,
eds., 2000. Multilingual
Capital: The languages of
o or the use of language analysis to determine the status of refugees claiming asylum
§ See the “Guidelines for the use of language analysis in relation to questions of national origin in refugee cases”, available from Prof. Patrick’s webpage on this topic: http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~patrickp/lhr/lhrasylum.htm, plus any other readings recommended there that you find relevant.
Please feel free to draw on your own or your family’s language history, and any experiences of immigration, if they are relevant.
Last revised 03 March 2008