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ERIC Number: ED433693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
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On the Right To Use the Language of One's Choice in Slovakia.
Kontra, Miklos
Canadian Centre for Linguistic Rights, v4 n1 p5-8 1997
The text of a November 1995 Slovak Republic law concerning language use in that country is translated and analyzed from the perspective of a recent Linguistic Society of America (LSA) statement on language rights stating that speakers be allowed to express themselves, publicly or privately, in the language of their choice. The law provides that the official language be the Slovak language, but does not legislate use of the languages of national minorities. However, it imposes relatively severe fines for non-use of the official language. The law is criticized for assuming that compulsion, not attraction, is the best way of spreading official language use. It also specifically limits minority language use in certain public contexts. The law is found to be discriminatory and in contradiction with stated LSA principles of language rights. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Slovakia