5.2 Turi

| August 4, 2020

Joseph-G. Turi. (2015). Language Law and Language Rights. International Journal of Law, Language & Discourse 5(2), 1-18.

Abstract: There are, in many political contexts, contacts, conflicts and inequalities among languages used within the same territory. The political and legal intervention of modern States and public authorities (at all levels, national, regional, local and municipal) on languages, id est the language law, is to resolve the linguistic problems arising from those linguistic contacts, conflicts and inequalities phenomena. Comparative Emphasis is put on the different ways used by the States in legally determining and establishing the status and use of the languages in question, especially in the official usage of languages. There are official and non-official language legislation. There are also institutionalizing, standardizing and liberal language legislation and the historical and universal linguistic rights (the right to “the” language and the right to “a language”). This kind of intervention is relatively new due especially to three relatively recent social phenomena and problems, the democratization of education, the globalization of communications and the growing importance of linguistic diversity in our world.

Keywords: language and law, comparative language law, language rights, usage of language, liberal language legislation, Call to UNESCO, Canadian bijuralism, International Academy of Linguistic Law


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Category: Volume 5