Language Legislation and Linguistic Rights: Selected Proceedings of the Language Legislation and Linguistic Rights Conference, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March, 1996

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Douglas A. Kibbee
John Benjamins Publishing, Aug 15, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 415 pages
The contributions to this volume cover a broad range of issues in language policy that are hotly debated in every corner of the globe. The articles included investigate the implications of language policies on the notion of language rights as the issues are played out in very specific circumstances from the courtroom in Australia to the legislature in California to the educational system in England to the administrative practices of the European Commission. The authors explore conflicts between basic conceptions of fairness in justice, administration and education on the one hand, and political and economic realities on the other. Articles focus on langage issues in the United States, Canada, Brazil, England, France, Slovakia, Russia, Sri Lanka, Australia and several African states. Other articles consider the implications of new supernational agreements the European Union, NAFTA, GATT, the OAU on language issues in the signatory states. In sum the volume offers an extensive presentation of current issues and practices in language policy and linguistic human rights.
 

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Contents

Legaland Linguistic Perspectives on Language Legislation
1
The Linguistic Rights of NonEnglish Speaking Suspects Witnesses Victims and Defendants
24
Great MischiefsAn Historical Look at Language Legislation in Great Britain
32
The Criminalization of Spanish in the United States
55
Towards Consensus? Standard English in the NationalCurriculum
68
the Clash ofWorld Hegemonies in the Language Ideologies ofArthur Balfour and Woodrow Wilson
84
Social and Ideological Sources of Language Restrictionism in theUnited States
96
The Shaping of Federal Language Policy in the United States
123
OAUs Resolutionson African Languages and the State of Their Implementation
240
Language Policy in Education and the Future of Indigenous Languages in PostApartheid South Africa
248
Language and Human Rights in Africa
261
A Deaf Community Finds Its Voic
269
A Case Study of the EuropeanCommission
288
French Language Policy and Francophonie
310
Quebecs Charter of the French Language Twenty Years After
320
Internal and International Aspects
341

How Similar Are They?
142
What Happens After English is Declared the Official Language of the United States?
179
A Historical Perspective on Language Policy in Russia
196
The Case of SriLanka
206
On the ElevenOfficial Languages Policy of the NewSouth Africa
225
Some Glottopolitical Considerations
351
INDEX OF PERSONAL NAMES
395
INDEX OF LANGUAGES
399
GENERAL INDEX
403
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