“An Other Tongue”: Linguistics Maps, Literary Geographies, Cultural Landscapes

Walter D. Mignolo

in Local Histories/Global Designs

Published by Princeton University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780691156095
Published online October 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781400845064
“An Other Tongue”: Linguistics Maps, Literary Geographies, Cultural Landscapes

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This chapter explores the implications of national ideologies in the domain of languages and literatures intermixed with the colonial difference. It looks at the Haitian Revolution, wherein language was intrinsically related to community formation and to geopolitical configurations. Indeed, the Haitian Revolution is crucial for envisioning a new scenario of geopolitical configurations and for understanding the function of languages for political interventions and for building communities. “An other tongue” is the necessary condition for “an other thinking” and for the possibility of moving beyond the defense of national languages and national ideologies—both of which have been operating in complicity with imperial powers and imperial conflicts.

Keywords: national ideologies; languages; literatures; colonial difference; Haitian Revolution; community formation; geopolitical configurations; other tongue; national languages; imperial conflicts

Chapter.  15427 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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