Language Rights?


This lecture addressed various language issues, such as whether English should be declared the official language of the United States and what rights we have or should have in regard to language. Professor King is the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Regents Chair of Jewish Studies and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Linguistics Department at UT. His most recent publications include Nehru and the Language Politics of India (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1996) and “Does One Nation Equal One Language?” (The Atlantic Monthly, April 1997). The thread running through his current work is the relationship among language, ethnicity, nationhood, and politics in the largest sense of the word.

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