Petition: Language law in Slovakia

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Fri Jul 24 10:58:40 UTC 2009

Dear Colleagues,

quoting from :

"The National Council of the Slovak Republic passed an act on June 30th,
2009, modifying earlier regulations applying to the use of the Slovak
language as the state language of the Slovak Republic. The new regulations
restrict the use not only of other languages but also variants of the Slovak
language, threatening violations of the law by imposing fines of EUR 100 to
5000 on individuals and businesses, running to EUR 165,000 in case of media

At the URL mentioned above, hosted by the Research Institute for Linguistics
of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, you will find some relevant sections
of the new law (in Slovak, Hungarian and English) and explicit arguments for
why the undersigned consider the modified language law discriminating and
untenable from the view of both linguistics and human rights in general. If
you agree with this, you can also sign the petition online.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Universität Wien, Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und
Literaturwissenschaft (EVSL) | Abteilung Finno-Ugristik
Universitätscampus Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7, A-1090 Wien
Tel. +43 1 4277 43019 | Fax +43 1 4277 9430
johanna.laakso at |

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