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Language, Nation and Power
An Introduction
 
 
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Almost every nation speaks its own language. This seems straightforward: part of our identity as citizens. But the truth is more complex. In world terms, territorial multilingualism is much more common than monolingualism. In the great wave of nationalism which has swept over first Europe and then the rest of the world during the modern period, pre-existing and new states have been re-imagined as nations. Central to this process is the development and elaboration of a national standard language.

Written for both a student and researcher audience in linguistics, sociology and politics,Language, Nation and Power: An Introduction discusses this process, examining what language standardization and planning mean both as developments on their own and as part of the nation-building process. It dissects the power differences which the prestige of a standardized variety both mimics and helps to support, whilst also considering the hegemonic forces which may lead to less societal multilingualism in the future.


Description

Almost every nation speaks its own language. This seems straightforward: part of our identity as citizens. But the truth is more complex. In world terms, territorial multilingualism is much more common than monolingualism. In the great wave of nationalism which has swept over first Europe and then the rest of the world during the modern period, pre-existing and new states have been re-imagined as nations. Central to this process is the development and elaboration of a national standard language.

Written for both a student and researcher audience in linguistics, sociology and politics,Language, Nation and Power: An Introduction discusses this process, examining what language standardization and planning mean both as developments on their own and as part of the nation-building process. It dissects the power differences which the prestige of a standardized variety both mimics and helps to support, whilst also considering the hegemonic forces which may lead to less societal multilingualism in the future.


Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Preface
An Introduction: Diglossia and Its Aftermath
Nation and Language
Language and Dialect
Language Standardization 1: process
Language Standardization 2: testing the models
Language Planning 1: process
Language Planning 2: testing the models
Language and Nation-Building
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index


Authors

ROBERT McCOLL MILLAR is a Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has published widely on the interface between Gaelic and Scots in Scotland, language attitudes in modern Scotland, language at the margins of polities and rapid linguistic change due to language contact.