Setting language within the context of americas history this book explores the diverse range of linguistic inequalities covering voting criminal and civil justice education government and public services and the workplace and considers how linguistic differences challenge our fundamental ideals of democracy justice and fairness. Language and the law linguistic inequality in america by douglas a kibbee language policy is a topic of growing importance around the world as issues such as the recognition of linguistic diversity the establishment of official languages the status of languages in educational systems the status of heritage and minority languages and . The law is called upon to regulate these distinctions to ensure rationality while preserving liberty through the institutions of a democratic state is distinction based on language natural and rational or arbitrary and irrational. In his book language and the law linguistic inequality in america professor kibbee provides comprehensive statutory and case law analysis for readers to understand the complicated relationships between language and equality democracy legal system education government and employment. Language and the law linguistic inequality in america douglas a kibbee all men are created equal is the first self evident truth of the declaration of independence however clearly they are equal only in their fundamental humanity not in their physical attributes
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