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Language legislation in Ireland and the United Kingdom: Exploring the gaps between theory and practice
Ní Drisceoil, Verona Mairéad
University College Cork
The central objective in this thesis is to explore the gaps between the normative justifications advanced for language rights and language legislative protection and the effective realisation of those rights and legislative provisions in practice. This objective is achieved by examining the scope and application of language rights and legislative provisions within language legislation in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Drawing on Canadian jurisprudence advocating for language rights to be recognised as “purposeful”, the thesis considers the extent to which Ireland and the United Kingdom have limited the acceptance of positive obligations as they relate to the provision of language services in the public sphere. In arguing that language rights are distinct in nature, the thesis suggests that in order for language rights to be effectively realised, an approach to language rights and language legislation more generally must be underpinned by a substantive vision of equality, otherwise language rights and legislative provisions merely amount to symbolic recognition and vacuous rhetoric as opposed to being substantive and enabling rights and provisions. Having said that, the thesis also recognises and elucidates the practical difficulties that arise in the realisation of language rights and language legislative provisions and in doing so seeks to stimulate further dialogue about the nature and limits of language rights and language legislation.
Language rights , Minority languages , European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages , Language legislation , Language and conflict , Language legislation in Ireland and the United Kingdom
Ní Drisceoil, V. M. 2013. Language legislation in Ireland and the United Kingdom: Exploring the gaps between theory and practice. PhD Thesis, University College Cork.