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Bonfiglio, Thomas Paul

Mother Tongues and Nations

The Invention of the Native Speaker

Reihe:Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 226

DE GRUYTER MOUTON

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    Erscheinungsdatum:
    Juni 2010
    Copyrightjahr:
    2010
    ISBN
    978-1-934078-26-6
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    This monograph examines the ideological legacy of the the apparently innocent kinship metaphors of “mother tongue” and “native speaker” by historicizing their linguistic development. It shows how the early nation states constructed the ideology of ethnolinguistic nationalism, a composite of national language, identity, geography, and race. This ideology invented myths of congenital communities that configured the national language in a symbiotic matrix between body and physical environment and as the ethnic and corporeal ownership of national identity and local organic nature. These ethno-nationalist gestures informed the philology of the early modern era and generated arboreal and genealogical models of language, culminating most divisively in the race conscious discourse of the Indo-European hypothesis of the 19th century. The philosophical theories of organicism also contributed to these ideologies. The fundamentally nationalist conflation of race and language was and is the catalyst for subsequent permutations of ethnolinguistic discrimination, which continue today. Scholarship should scrutinize the tendency to overextend biological metaphors in the study of language, as these can encourage, however surreptitiously, genetic and racial impressions of language.

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    23,0 x 15,5 cm
    IX, 244 Seiten
    14 Abb.
    Sprache:
    Englisch
    Werktyp:
    Monographie
    Schlagwort(e):
    Angewandte Linguistik; Soziolinguistik
    Zielgruppe:
    Academics and students in the fields of historical linguistics and sociolinguistics. Language researchers in anthropology and culture studies.

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