MTA Law Working Papers

A Jogtudományi Intézet műhelytanulmányai

Fiata-Butora János: Linguistic Discrimination and Linguistic Equality – Three Models of Coexistence

This article explores the difference between equality and the absence of discrimination in the area of language use. It draws on examples of social practices of linguistic inequality in Slovakia, and analyse how these are regulated by Slovak law, international law, and laws of countries of best practices. The article argues that these examples represent three different models of linguistic equality: formal equality, equality of opportunities, and substantive linguistic equality. It will analyse how these approaches empower or disadvantage speakers of minority languages, and what normative guide they provide for linguistic equality. The paper is published under the series entitled 'Identity, Race and Ethnicity in Constitutional Law Working Paper Series'.