Language without Rights (Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics) by Lionel Wee PDF

By Lionel Wee

ISBN-10: 0199737428

ISBN-13: 9780199737420

ISBN-10: 0199737436

ISBN-13: 9780199737437

Language with no Rights is a book-length critique of the idea that of language rights. Synthesizing insights from a number of disciplines, together with linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, sociology and political philosophy, Wee demonstrates how the attract language rights faces a few conceptual and sensible difficulties, quite as the discourse of rights is essentially inconsistent with the socially variable nature of language. The booklet additionally explores another that's extra in song with the complexities of language in social existence by means of suggesting that matters related to language are larger controlled inside a version of deliberative democracy.

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And, of course, there is always the issue of different cohorts internal to the group. Not all Sinhalese benefit from the ‘Sinhala only’ policy in exactly the same manner or at the same time. Thus, while some may later on be willing to moderate the policy, others will still feel that they have not been sufficiently ON BOUNDARY MARKING 37 compensated to justify the policy’s weakening or dismantling. Likewise, the declining socioeconomic prospects for Tamils triggered a strong pro-Tamil reaction. By the same token, there was an attempt by the LTTE to create, within its own autonomous regime, a connection between the Tamil language and socioeconomic privileges.

A legally enforceable claim that another will do or will not do a given act; a recognized and protected interest, the violation of which is a wrong. 21 22 LANGUAGE WITHOUT RIGHTS This is a relatively unproblematic interpretation of a right because when both the bearer and the object of a right are conflated within an individual, these automatically acquire a boundary marking or delimitation by virtue of the fact that each individual is physically demarcated from other individuals. This demarcation is critical because it allows us to determine when a particular bearer has had his or her rights respected or violated.

As a consequence, some justifications must first be made as to why some groups and not others deserve recognition, and then, why from the set of recognized groups, rights attach to some groups and not to others. In this regard, it is instructive to consider the United Nations’ own attempts to formulate a policy for the protection of minority groups. Duchêne (2008) demonstrates how the goal of protecting minorities by according them rights is surrounded by institutional debates about how to define the term ‘minority’, and how ON BOUNDARY MARKING 23 such debates are influenced by the need to respect the interests of the state.

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