Document Type

Book

Publication Date

1-2017

Abstract

Language regimes adopted by states can favour one group over all the others in a way that undermines minority groups. In essence, when multilingual societies are administered through a one-language regime, inequalities arise. This growing understanding has led States to come up with varying solutions, which in turn create a wide array of language policies. One aspect that all these policies have in common is that they involve choices about translation. Hoping to contribute to our understanding of such translation policies, this chapter describes translation policies as found in the judiciary and local government in Brownsville, Texas, USA. This can provide new insights on the use of translation policy among populations that are reported to be close to fully bilingual.

Publication Title

Translation and Public Policy Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Case Studies

DOI

10.4324/9781315521770

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