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Language and Law

F. Hult and D. Johnson (eds.), Research Methods in Language Policy and Planning, Wiley, 2015, pp. 56-66.

16 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2014 Last revised: 28 May 2016

Dimitry Kochenov

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Fernand de Varennes

The University of Hong Kong; University of Pretoria; Vytautas Magnus University

Date Written: March 6, 2014

Abstract

This elementary introduction into the difficult relationship between language and law written for non-lawyers outlines some key steps in the development of the legal approaches towards allowing people to speak their own language and outlines several key trends in the recent developments relevant in this field: a shift from the culture of authority to the culture of justification and the acceptance of the ethos of rights in approaching the relationship between law and language as opposed to the ethos of duties prevalent in the past.

Keywords: Law, Language, monolingualism, freedom of expression, free speech, minority rights, minority protection

Suggested Citation

Kochenov, Dimitry and de Varennes, Fernand, Language and Law (March 6, 2014). F. Hult and D. Johnson (eds.), Research Methods in Language Policy and Planning, Wiley, 2015, pp. 56-66.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2405581

Dimitry Kochenov (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
Groningen, 9712 EK
Netherlands

Fernand De Varennes

The University of Hong Kong ( email )

Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong, Pokfulam HK
China

University of Pretoria ( email )

Physical Address Economic and Management Sciences
Pretoria, Gauteng 0002
South Africa

Vytautas Magnus University ( email )

S. Daukanto 28
LT-3000, Kaunas, LT- 44254
Lithuania

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