Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World by Philippe Van ParijsLinguistic Justice for Europe and for the World by Philippe Van Parijs

Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World

byPhilippe Van Parijs

Paperback | January 11, 2015

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In Europe and throughout the world, competence in English is spreading at a speed never achieved by any language in human history. This apparently irresistible growing dominance of English is frequently perceived and sometimes indignantly denounced as being grossly unjust. Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World starts off arguing that the dissemination of competence in a common lingua franca is a process to be welcomed and accelerated, most fundamentally because it provides the the struggle for greater justice with an essential weapon: a cheap medium ofcross-border communication and mobilization.However, the resulting linguistic situation is arguably unjust in three distinct senses. Firstly, the adoption of one natural language as the lingua franca implies that its native speakers are getting a free ride by benefiting costlessly from the learning effort of others. Secondly, Anglophones gaingreater opportunities as a result of competence in their native language becoming a more valuable asset. Thirdly, the privilege given to one language failes to show equal respect for the various langauges with which different portions of the population concerned identify.The book spells out the corresponding interpretations of linguistic justice as cooperative justice, distributive justice, and parity of esteem. It discusses a wide range of policies that might help achieve linguistic justice in these three senses, from a linguistic tax on Anglophone countries to thebanning of dubbing or the linguistic territoriality principle. It also argues that linguistic diversity, though not valuable in itself, will nonetheless need to be protected as a by-product of the pursuit of linguistic justice as parity of esteem.
Philippe Van Parijs is Professor at the University of Louvain, Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics, and Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.
Title:Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:January 11, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Lingua FrancaAppendix: Three Alternatives to Lingua Franca Convergence2. Linguistic Justice as Fair CooperationAppendix3. Linguistic Justice as Equal Opportunity4. Linguistic Justice as Parity Of Esteem5. Linguistic Territoriality6. Linguistic DiversityConclusionBibliography

Editorial Reviews

"It is demonstrably clear that Linguistic Justice is an important, sophisticated and useful contribution to questions of language, inclusion and mobility, particularly in a globalized world dominated by English." --Stephen May, Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy