Dominant Languages: Language and Hierarchy in Britain and France Ralph D. Grillo

ISBN: 9780521108614

Published: April 1st 2009

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272 pages


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Dominant Languages: Language and Hierarchy in Britain and France  by  Ralph D. Grillo

Dominant Languages: Language and Hierarchy in Britain and France by Ralph D. Grillo
April 1st 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 272 pages | ISBN: 9780521108614 | 9.70 Mb

This book takes an interdisciplinary approach to the relations between power and language. Many societies are multilingual throughout their history, but there is often a hierarchical ordering of their languages, dialects and ways of speaking. TheseMoreThis book takes an interdisciplinary approach to the relations between power and language. Many societies are multilingual throughout their history, but there is often a hierarchical ordering of their languages, dialects and ways of speaking.

These are rarely of equal status, power or authority. Through a detailed and systematic comparison of Britain and France, Ralph Grillo examines the concept of language dominance, and the causes and consequences of linguistic hierarchy. In both France and Britain language has been a major political battleground, and the study traces the history of their various conflicts from the late Middle Ages to the present day.

By relating these linguistic struggles to the principal social, economic, cultural and political factors at work in society as a whole, the book demonstrates the continuity between small-scale, local even interpersonal relationships and general, large-scale processes. The investigation brings together an unusual and rich combination of material from a wide range of sources and a variety of academic disciplines.



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