Language and Identity National, Ethnic, Religious by John E Joseph pdf free download

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Language and Identity National, Ethnic, Religious by John E Joseph pdf free download

Language and Identity National, Ethnic, Religious by John E Joseph pdf free download. This book attempts to put forward a coherent view of identity as a linguistic phenomenon in a way that will speak to people across a wide range of interests. That is, inevitably, an undertaking fraught with opportunities for failure.

Language and Identity National, Ethnic, Religious by John E Joseph pdf free download

I am a linguist by training and profession – a broad-minded linguist, I think – but inevitably more attuned to the interests that arise from my field than to neighbouring ones, despite my best efforts. The final chapter will consider what exactly these intellectual boundaries themselves mean in terms of identity. The Foreword to my book Limiting the Arbitrary (2000) explains that it attempts a historical understanding of the distinction between the natural and the arbitrary in language, upon which my earlier Eloquence and Power (1987) had relied too uncritically. The present book is, on one level, an effort to deal with the phenomena treated in the 1987 work, but with the natural–arbitrary dichotomy taken away, and with certain other unduly powerful concepts declawed.

Language and Identity National, Ethnic, Religious by John E Joseph pdf free download

The most obvious of these are ‘power’ itself, which in those late years of the Cold War still resounded with echoes of Gramsci and Foucault, even in the writing of someone with neither Marxist nor post-structuralist theoretical commitments; and ‘class’, the very cornerstone of social inquiry, which before 1989 most of us were able to accept uncritically as an analytical category, but after the events of that year had to admit was a social construct of a highly ideological order, in which we as analysts, rather than the members of the ‘classes’ themselves, were doing most of the constructing.

Language and Identity National, Ethnic, Religious by John E Joseph pdf free download

The result of modifying these concepts is that the phenomena which make up language standardisation no longer appear so exceptional as
they are portrayed in Eloquence and Power, but become difficult to distinguish from language generally. This has an effect on our understanding of language itself, making it appear no longer to be a decontextualised system of mental calculation or signification, the ‘social’ (or more precisely, human) consequences of which are mere side effects. Manifesting identity, and even more importantly, interpreting identity, come to be seen as central to the very existence and functioning of language.

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