Edited By Anita Auer, Daniel Schreier, and Richard J. Watts
This book "challenges the assumption that there is only one 'legitimate' and homogenous form of English or of any other language" and "supports the view of different/alternative histories of the English language and will appeal to readers who are skeptical of 'standard' language ideology."
The issue of human rights becomes very complex when applied to language. 'Individual' rights have little meaning in this domain. People do not ask for the right to speak to themselves; they ask for the right to use their language within their group. Where populations are heterogenous such rights are difficult to ensure. Language can be a powerful means of inclusion and exclusion, and this is particularly true in democratic societies where debate is central to the process. This book looks at these fundamental questions in the context of Catalonia.