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Course aims and objectives:
This course explores language issues in human rights and linguistic approaches to them, using sociolinguistics as an empirical, comparative core discipline. It considers
· Which human rights (HRs) are linguistic in nature (whole or part)
· Whether and how language rights qualify as basic HRs
· What sorts of conflicts occur around language, and why
· How scholars from different disciplines approach conflicts over language
· How language rights are negotiated in institutional contexts such as the courts, government policy, legislation, schools, healthcare organisations, and language planning/ policymaking contexts of national and international bodies and organisations.
The course introduces a broad human rights framework, and a sociolinguistic approach to language use and speaker identity. It surveys important topics in language rights, focusing on the types of conflicts which occur around language, considering the principles upon which they can be understood and investigated, and examining efforts at solutions, as well as locating attempts to identify and make language rights manifest within a broad context of national and international agreements.
· To introduce Linguistic & other students to basic concepts and resources in studying Human Rights, as far as they interact with language issues
· To give Human Rights & other students a basic understanding of socio-linguistic perspectives and principles, as far as they interact with language rights
· To identify, document and explore common types of language conflicts that potentially involve human rights violations
· To investigate language policy, planning and other attempts at resolving language issues which impinge on individual and group human rights
· To familiarise students with basic documents and resources concerning the nature of language rights vis-ŕ-vis other human rights
Last updated on 12 January 2018