Understanding the meaning of ‘language’ and its impact is crucial to recognize its power and how it shapes the world around us. Language is much more than a means of communication. It is intrinsically linked to the development of individual consciousness and a sense of group/cultural identity. 

In a world where languages are not treated equally, a person’s ability to speak the dominant language becomes a privilege. Language privilege determines the accommodation of a linguistic minority in terms of access to social, political and educational institutions. It further intersects with privileges revolving around race, nation and social class consequently manifesting into a site of discrimination and exclusion for the minority languages. It is essential thereby that the right to use one’s language in private as well as public spheres is protected. 

The Language Rights Blog aims to highlight the prejudice experienced by the linguistically marginalised and engage with a multidisciplinary approach to language and language rights. We encourage submissions from students, academicians and language rights enthusiasts in the following areas:

  1. Language Rights and Education
  2. Language Rights, Access and Participation
  3. Language Rights and  Health
  4. Language Rights and the Law
  5. Language Rights and Identity
  6. Language Rights and Culture
  7. Language Rights and Cognition
  8. Language Rights and Employment
  9. Language Rights and Labour
  10. Language Rights and Disability
  11. Language Rights and Discrimination
  12. Language Rights and Social Justice
  13. Language Rights and Genocide
  14. Language Rights, Accent and Discrimination
  15. Language Rights and Conflict