Tongue-tied territories: Languages and publics in stateless nations
This brief essay introduces a collection of papers that examine the constitution of languages and publics within indigenous contexts. In the cases addressed in these papers, linguistic representation mediates the constitution of indigenous, colonized, stateless nations and varied forms of social authority intervening within them: state agencies, legal authority, linguistic science. These cases not only engage the relationship between linguistic representation and indigenous nationhood, but also examine the discourses of language endangerment circulating within, applied to, and generated by these publics.
Posted on June 28, 2011, in Research and tagged History of linguistics, Indigenous languages, Language endangerment, Language ideologies, Language revitalization, Publics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.