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The nature of language rights

Die Natur der Sprachenrechte
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Arzoz, Xabier

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Abstract 'The discussion on language rights is affected by some confusion on the nature and status of rights. In this paper, a rigorous characterisation of language rights is proposed. It is argued that the general assimilation or equation between language rights and human rights is not only erroneous as far as it is inaccurate, but it leads to a distorted image of the relationship between law and politics. While human rights do limit (at least, ideally) state behaviour, language rights are, more often than not, an issue devolved to the political process. The point being made in this paper is that recognition of language rights (as such or as part of minority rights) is based primarily on contingent historical reasons. Some tentative explanations on the poor status or unequal recognition of language rights in international and domestic law will also be offered throughout the paper.' (author's abstract)
Keywords civil rights; human rights; minority rights; politics; law; legal claim; language; minority policy; language group
Classification Science of Literature, Linguistics; Law
Method normative
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages 35 p.
Journal JEMIE - Journal on ethnopolitics and minority issues in Europe, Vol. 6 (2007) 2
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications