Linguistics, Ideology and the Discourse of Linguistic Nationalism

Linguistics, Ideology and the Discourse of Linguistic Nationalism


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This volume offers some new perspectives on the role of linguistic ideologies in forging the link between ‘language’ and ‘nation’. Language ideologies informing the discourse of linguistic nationalism can be assigned to three different categories, namely ‘ideology in language’, ‘ideology about language’, and ‘ideology in linguistics’. The individual contributions to this volume examine how ideologically charged beliefs about the correlation between ‘language’ and ‘nation’ developed. They also look into the consequences of linguistic nationalism in different areas: in linguistic conflicts, in public debates about the national language and its character, and in the very formation of modern linguistics as a discipline.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631586044
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 12/21/2009
Pages: 199
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Editors: Ursula Schaefer holds the Chair of English Linguistics at the Technische Universität Dresden. She has published widely on medieval English language and literature. Claudia Lange and Göran Wolf are lecturers of English Linguistics in the department; Claudia Lange is currently working on a study of the syntax of spoken Indian English, and Göran Wolf has just completed a monograph on the history of the English grammatical tradition.

Table of Contents

Contents: Ursula Schaefer: Linguistics, Ideology and the Discourse of Linguistic Nationalism: Some Preliminary Remarks – Andrew James Johnston: «Rum, Ram, Ruf»: Chaucer and Linguistic Whig History – Göran Wolf: The ‘Language of the bravest, wisest, most powerful, and respectable Body of People’: The Discourse on Language and Nation in 18th-Century Grammars of English – Stephanie Hackert: Of Old and New Anglo-Saxons: The Native Speaker and Nationalism in English-Speaking Countries – Tom Shippey: Philological Triumphs, Ideological Failures – Hans-Martin Gauger: Nationalism as a Factor in the Birth of Linguistics and Nationalism in Linguistic Criticism – Claudia Lange: «Hindi Never, English Ever»: Language Nationalism and Linguistic Conflicts in Modern India – Karl Maroldt: Ideological Bends in the Creolization Debate – Gavin Falconer: A Second National Language? Substrate and Standard in Irish Parliamentary Transcription.

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