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Language Rights and the Law in the United States

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ISBN13: 9781853596582
ISBN: 1853596582
Published: April 2003
Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.95



A comprehensive review of the legal status of minority languages in the USA. It also provides the historical and political context for the legal manoeuvring that culminated in landmark civil rights victories. All of the major cases in the USA concerning language rights are discussed in detail and in a manner that should be easily accessible to the non-legal audience. The topics range from the English-only movement to consumer law, and from employment discrimination to international law.

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Contents:
A history of language rights - between tolerance and hostility; nativism and language restrictions - echoes of the past at the end of the 20th century; fulfilling the promise of citizenship - English literacy, naturalization and voting rights; language rights in the workplace - negotiating boundaries within close spaces; language rights in litigation - making the case for greater protections in criminal and civil proceedings; bilingual education - learning and politics in the classroom; Native American education - the US implements an English-only policy; administrative due process - when almost any process will do; the English-only marketplace - the dangers of misusing language for profit; the place of international law in promoting linguistic human rights within the United States.