Rights to Language: Equity, Power, and Education by Robert Phillipson PDF

By Robert Phillipson

Rights to Language: fairness, energy, and schooling brings jointly state of the art scholarship in language, schooling, and society from all elements of the area. Celebrating the sixtieth birthday of Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, it truly is encouraged via her paintings in minority, indigenous, and immigrant schooling; multilingualism; linguistic human rights; and worldwide language and gear concerns. Rights to Language situates problems with minorities and bilingual schooling in broader views of human rights, energy, and the ecology of language. the wealthy mixture of papers serves to underline that the problems are similar around the globe, that many disparate themes can cross-fertilize one another, and that our realizing of the problems can make the most of assurance that's worldwide, reflective, and devoted. a website with extra source fabrics to this e-book are available on http://www.cbs.dk/staff/phillipson/

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What was stressed were the qualities shared by spoken and signed languages, not their differences. Dictionaries and grammars were developed and formal instruction in sign languages encouraged. But the sign languages were being formalised and moulded to satisfy linguistic criteria. ' (Spivak, 1987), 'insidiously objectifying' the 'colonized' through a conceptual apparatus which robs people and their languages of their individual and cultural integrity, devaluing and distorting their differences (Branson & Miller, 1992, 1993).

Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, 1999b, 58. Page 13 Such a Treasure of Knowledge for Human Survival Kerttu Vuolab Mother TongueA Treasure of Knowledge All children have a mother tongue. We human beings started to learn our mother tongue before we were born. The mother tongue is a chain that binds us to our own history. Each one of us is a ring in the chain of generations, a ring in our own mother tongue. If any ring grows weak, the whole chain will be weak. Every generation has to make sure that their ring is strong enough to add the next ring onto the chain.

That is done whenever any issue is considered to be a valued part of the national bookkeeping. We pave new roads for those that need them, not those that already have them. Much of social policy is not only protective but proactive and it is high time that defense efforts on behalf of threatened languages, if they are seriously intended, adopted this approach as well. This is what Tove has been saying for years to all who would but listen. Page 28 Maintaining, Developing and Sharing the Knowledge and Potential Embedded in All Our Languages and Cultures: On Linguists as Agents of Epistemic Violence Jan Branson and Don Miller When global control to an increasing degree happens via language, instead of more brutal means (despite some of the signs of the opposite today), the relativity which comes with the multihorizons of multilingual and multicultural awareness must be enhanced on a global scale too, if our planet and our humanity are to have a chance of survival.

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