Legitimized inequalities: Language rights and ideology

Rafael Castelló-Cogollos, Esther Monzó-Nebot


This contribution serves as the introductory framework for the articles featured in the special issue of Just Journal of Language Rights & Minorities, Revista de Drets Lingüístics i Minories exploring the intersections between ideologies and language rights. The article navigates through fundamental concepts, contending that prevailing ideologies within societies play a pivotal role in legitimizing inequalities among social identities, often within legal frameworks. The introduction underscores the historical and dynamic nature of social configurations that establish relationships of dominance among collective identities. Within this contextual backdrop, language emerges as a potent symbol, embodying the identification of social groups and encapsulating the conflicts that arise between them. The article concludes by highlighting the significance of the published articles in fostering a dialogue that brings to light the impact of language ideologies and of the varied manifestations of language rights on the acceptance of inequalities among social identities—an initial stride towards their eventual rejection.


Language rights; language ideologies; collective identities; symbolic dominance; social inequality

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7203/Just.2.27509


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