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
Date Written: March 6, 2014
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
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