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Language Rights and Political Theory


Edited by Will Kymlicka, Queen's National Scholar, Department of

Philosophy, Queen's University, and Alan Patten, Associate Professor of

Political Science, McGill University


Publication date: 29 May 2003


Table of contents


This volume provides an up-to-date overview of the emerging debates over the role of language rights and linguistic diversity within political theory. Thirteen chapters, written by many of the leading theorists in the field, identify the challenges and opportunities that linguistic diversity raises for contemporary societies.




1 Alan Patten and Will Kymlicka: Introduction: Language Rights and

Political Theory: Context, Issues, and Approaches


2 Ruth Rubio-Marin: Language Rights: Exploring the Competing Rationales


3 David D. Laitin and Rob Reich: A liberal Democratic Approach to Language



4 Thomas Pogge: Accomodation Rights for Hispanics in teh U.S.


5 Stephen May: Misconceiving Minority Language Rights: Implications for

Liberal Political Theory


6 Philippe Van Parijs: linguistic Justice


7 Francois Grin: Diversity as Paradigm, Analytical Device, and Policy Goal


8 Idil Boran: Global Linguistic Diversity, Public Goods, and the Principle of Fairness


9 Michael Blake: Language Death and Liberal Politics


10 Jacob T. Levy: Language Rights, Literacy, and the Modern State


11 Daniel M. Weinstock: The Antinomy of Language Rights


12 Denise G. Reaume: Beyond Personality: The Territorial and Personal

Principles of Language Policy Reconsidered


13 Alan Patten: What Kind of Bilingualism?