Linguistic Justice: An Interdisciplinary Overview of the Literature

Amsterdam Working Papers in Multilingualism #3. 2015, 27-96

71 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2015

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Javier Alcalde

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia); Autonomous University of Barcelona

Date Written: July 1, 2015

Abstract

This report aims at offering an interdisciplinary analytical overview of the literature on the notion of “linguistic justice” and more generally fairness in multilingual contexts. It focuses the biggest part of its attention on political philosophy, but it presents also several contributions from economics, sociolinguistics, interlinguistics and law. The purpose of this report is neither to assess the internal consistency of alternative (and often contrasting) theories, nor to try to find a common ground among them. Its goal is to emphasize the policy recommendations that derive from different approaches. The report also discusses how different theories or approaches to linguistic justice have been applied to the case of the management of multilingualism in the European Union.

Keywords: Justice, language policy, language planning, linguistic justice, multilingualism, English as a lingua franca

Suggested Citation

Alcalde, Javier, Linguistic Justice: An Interdisciplinary Overview of the Literature (July 1, 2015). Amsterdam Working Papers in Multilingualism #3. 2015, 27-96. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2630104 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2630104

Javier Alcalde (Contact Author)

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia) ( email )

Tibidabo Av. 39-43
08035 Barcelona, Barcelona 08035
Spain

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain

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