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Language and Nation

John E. Joseph

in Language and Politics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624522
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671458 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624522.003.0002
Language and Nation

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This chapter discusses the conception of nation and language; what is or is not ‘a language’; the role of writing; constructing ‘the language’ by controlling variation; language, knowledge and power; how new languages emerge; and oppression and identity.

Keywords: language; nation; writing; variation; knowledge; power; oppression; identity

Chapter.  10821 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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