Further Readings on Language Justice

Looking to become more familiar with language justice issues?  The following is a master list of literary resources, scholarly and otherwise, compiled by Lee Abraham, Lecturer and Language Program director at Columbia University.  Like the earlier list of organizations working explicitly on language justice issues, this list is meant to be  browsed, read, and shared.  If you have thoughts, both on these writings or on ones that we’ve missed, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

Books, Chapters, Articles

  • Alcalde, J. (2015). Linguistic justice: An interdisciplinary overview of the literature.
  • Amsterdam Working Papers in Multilingualism. PDF Retrieved from https://ssrn.com/abstract=2630104 and http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2630104
  • Craig, S., & Gramling, D. (2017). Is there a right to untranslatability? Asylum, evidence, and the listening state. Tilburg Law Review, 22(1-2), 77-98.  PDF
  • Crystal, D. (2000). Language death. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Ebook
  • de Jong, E. J., Li, Z., Zafar, A. M., & Wu, C. H. (2016). Language policy in multilingual contexts: Revisiting Ruiz’s “language-as-resource” orientation. Bilingual Research Journal, 39(3-4), 200-212. Abstract;  PDF from Columbia Teachers College Libraries (accessible with Columbia UNI).
  • Stamatopoulou, E. (2007). Cultural rights in international law. Leiden: Brill. Ebook
  • Evans, N. (2010). Dying words: Endangered languages and what they have to tell us.  Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell,
  • Gazzola, M., & Grin, F. (2017). Comparative language policy and evaluation: Criteria, indicators and implications for translation policy. In R Meylaerts & G. González Nuñez (Eds.), Translation and public policy: Interdisciplinary perspectives and case studies (pp. 83-112). New York: Routledge. Google Book Preview (book from Borrow Direct en route).  Could provide a lens from the discipline of translation/interpretation through which we consider the politics of language justice from the realm of public policy / government
  • Harrison, K. D. (2008). When languages die: The extinction of the world’s languages and the erosion of human knowledge. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • EbookHarrison, K. D. ( 2007, September) Ethical concerns in documentary linguistics: With special attention to language endangerment. Anthropology News, 31-32. PDF
  • Heller, M., & McElhinny, B. (2017). Language, capitalism, colonialism: Toward a critical history. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Hinton, L. (2017). Language endangerment and revitalization. In T. McCarty & S. May (Eds.), Language Policy and Political Issues in Education, Encyclopedia of Language and Education (pp. 257-272). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. PDF
  • Hinton, L. (Ed.). (2013). Bringing our languages home: Language revitalization for families. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books.
  • Humphries, T., Kushalnagar, R., Mathur, G., Napoli, D. J., Padden, C., Rathmann, C., & Smith, S. (2013). The right to language. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 41(4), 872-884. PDF.  On the right to learn sign language by deaf children; another perspective on language justice
  • Kibbee, D. A. (2016). Language and the law: Linguistic inequality in America. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. CU Law Library
  • Kymlick, W., & Patten, A. (Eds.) (2003) Language rights and political theory.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Introduction: Language Rights and Political Theory: Context, Issues, and Approaches’ (PDF)
  • Leow, R. (2016). Taming Babel: Language in the making of Malaysia. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. CU Libraries
  • Lewis, H. (2017). Realising linguistic justice: Resources versus capabilities. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 38(7), 595-606.  PDF.  See also special issue Table of Contents for other articles
  • Liu, A. H. (2017. Democracy and minority language recognition: Tyranny of the majority and the conditional effects of group size. Democratization 24(3), 544-565. PDF
  • Liu, A. H. (2015). Standardizing diversity: The political economy of language regimes. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Ebook
  • Liu, A. H. (2015). The politics of language regimes: Comparative analysis of southeast Asia. In L. Cardinal & S. K. Sonntag (Eds), State traditions and language regimes (pp. 137-153). Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press. Table of Contents
  • May, S. (2012). Language and minority rights: Ethnicity, nationalism and the politics of language. Routledge: New York.
  • McDermott, P. (2017). Language rights and the Council of Europe: A failed response to a multilingual continent? Ethnicities, 17(5), 603–626. PDF
  • Patten, A. (2009). Survey article: The justification of minority language rights. Journal of Political Philosophy, 17(1), 102-128. PDF
  • Piller, I. (2016). Linguistic diversity and social justice: An introduction to applied sociolinguistics. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Ebook
  • Pennycook, A. (2002). English and the discourses of colonialism. London: Routledge.
  • Ricento, T. (Ed.). (2015). Language policy and political economy: English in a global context. Oxford University Press. Ebook
  • Romaine, S. (2015). The global extinction of languages and Its consequences for cultural diversity. In H. Marten, M. Rießler, J. Saarikivi, & R. Toivanen (Eds), Cultural and Linguistic Minorities in the Russian Federation and the European Union (pp. 31-46). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. PDF
  • Skutnabb-Kangas, T. & May, S. (2017). Linguistic human rights in education.  In T. McCarty & S. May (Eds.), Language policy and political issues in education, Encyclopedia of language and education (pp. 125-141). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.  PDF.  [Link to complete ebook and individual chapters available from CU Libraries of Language Policy and Political Issues in Education to download chapter PDF files – other chapters may be of interest to GLJ Reading Group participants?)
  • Skutnabb-Kangas, T. (2009) Social justice through multilingual education. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.  Ebook
  • Skutnabb-Kangas, T. (2000). Linguistic genocide in education–or worldwide diversity and human rights?. New York: Routledge. CU Libraries
  • Skutnabb-Kangas, T., Phillipson, R. & Rannut, M. (1994). Linguistic human rights: Overcoming linguistic discrimination. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.  Ebook


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