Date: Mon, 24 Jul 1995 10:32:00 +0100


Subject: language and legislation conference

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"Language Legislation": An International Conference


Dennis E. Baron, English

Eyamba Bokamba, Division of English as an International Language

Braj B. Kachru, Linguistics

Douglas A. Kibbee, French


March 28-30, 1996.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host a conference on

language legislation. A select group of invited speakers from around the

world will address social issues such as community vs. individual rights,

cultural survival, free trade and linguistic issues such as language and

culture, language and power, bilingualism.

Language legislation and the concept of linguistic human rights have

moved to the forefront of national and international news. In the United

States, language legislation has taken the form of the national English

Language Amendment, and a variety of state and local ordinances. In the US,

legal solutions to perceived threats have quickly found their way to the

courts, with appeals leading all the way to the United States Supreme

Court. Many other countries around the globe have erected legal barriers

against the penetration of English or other languages perceived as threats.

These laws often conflict with guarantees of individual human rights,

such as the UN Charter or the D=E9claration des Droits de l'Homme. In the

realm of international law, language protection has colored debate on such

issues as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and has

influenced the structure of international institutions like the European

Community and the United Nations.

For further information, contact:

Douglas A. Kibbee

Language Legislation Conference

Department of French

University of Illinois

2090 Foreign Languages Building/ MC-158

707 South Mathews Avenue

Urbana IL 61801


=46AX: (1) (217) 244-2223

email: dkibbee[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]


Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Department of English office: 217-333-2392

University of Illinois fax: 217-333-4321

608 South Wright Street home: 217-384-1683

Urbana, Illinois 61801