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Multilingualism and Language Rights

  1. Stephen May

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0799

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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May, S. 2012. Multilingualism and Language Rights. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


The growing presence of language rights (LR) in the disciplines of applied linguistics and sociolinguistics can be attributed to four distinct, albeit closely interrelated, academic movements.


  • language planning;
  • language policy;
  • bi/multilingual education;
  • bi/multilingualism;
  • language ecology;
  • language rights;
  • linguistic human rights;
  • multilingualism