Develop a case study of one or more national, group or minority language rights situations. A comparison is recommended, though a single detailed case may be accepted.
Develop a case study of one or more national, group or minority language rights situations. A comparison is recommended, though a single detailed case may be accepted. Your paper should
· Identify a sociolinguistic issue or problem.
· Describe it in detail.
· Frame it in terms of language rights.
· Refer to specific national or international instruments (constitutions, legislations, declarations, resolutions, conventions etc.).
· Consider existing language planning or policy efforts or remedies critically; if you cannot find existing ones aimed at your situation, consider ones that have been tried or recommended elsewhere, and examine how they might be applied.
· If possible, recommend a practical course or courses of action. What obstacles can you anticipate to these?
Post-graduate work will be held to a higher standard. In particular, you are expected to read more, conduct more original analysis and synthesis, and integrate your conclusions into a broader picture of the field of sociolinguistics and/or human rights.
Some references if needed.
Textbooks: Set texts
Cassels Johnson, David. 2013. Language Policy. Palgrave Macmillan. [P 138.J6]
Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove & Robert Phillipson (eds). 1995. Linguistic Human Rights: Overcoming linguistic discrimination. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. [P 138.L5]
Coulmas, Florian, ed. 1997. Handbook of Sociolinguistics. Blackwell. [P 126.H2] (available online)
De Varennes, Fernand. 2001. A Guide to the Rights of Minorities and Language. Constitutional and Legal Policy Initiative (COLPI), Budapest, Hungary. [In English and Russian. Available online at www.academia.edu/1131391/A_Guide_to_the_Rights_of_Minorities_and_Language_COLPI_Final]
Freeland, Jane, & Donna Patrick, eds. 2004. Language rights and language survival. Manchester: St Jerome. [P 138.L2]
Landman, Todd. 2006. Studying Human Rights. London: Routledge. [JC 572.L2; available as an e-book]
Lippi-Green, Rosina. 2012. (2nd Edition). English with an Accent: Language, Ideology and Discrimination in the United States. Routledge. [PE 2808.L5] (New 2nd ed. is much revised from the first one)
Ricento, Thomas, ed. 2006. An Introduction to Language Policy: Theory and Method. Blackwell. [P 138.I6]
Tiersma, Peter M & Lawrence M. Solan. 2012. The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law. Oxford University Press. [K 213.O9]
Linguistic Rights & Human Rights Instruments:
For links to and excerpts from international human rights instruments (charters, conventions, declarations, treaties etc.) relevant to language use, see http://orb.essex.ac.uk/lg/lg474/HRinstruments.htm
For more information on finding, searching for and citing international human rights instruments, see the library’s Resources for Human Rights, http://libwww.essex.ac.uk/Human_Rights/HRights.htm, beginning with their Library Guide to Human Rights