Linguistic Human Rights:
A Sociolinguistic Introduction
Issues of language rights have become increasingly prominent in the last decade, and are often raised in the context of more general human rights. Linguists have become involved in this area via diverse pathways – e.g., language endangerment, preservation and revitalization; language planning; forensic (=legal) linguistics; bilingual education and other school-centered language issues; action research with urban linguistic minorities; work with indigenous peoples, including land claims; refugee and asylum issues, and more.
This site reflects my own recent involvement in linguistic rights. I welcome involvement from many perspectives and hope you will send me messages of support and disagreement, materials, links, corrections, etc. Please send them to username patrickp at my email address @essex.ac.uk.
§ Syllabus for a course on Language Rights (LG 474) running again in 2013
§ Appendix:10 Sociolinguistic Axioms
Last revised 31 January 2013