Authority And Identity: A Sociolinguistic History of Europe before the Modern Age

Hardcover | September 15, 2010

byRobert Mccoll Millar

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This is a history of Europe unlike any other: a theory-informed history of its language use. The 'rise' and 'fall' of languages are recounted, along with an analysis of why periods of linguistic diversity are followed by hegemony. How did the sociolinguistic past differ from the sociolinguistic present?

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This is a history of Europe unlike any other: a theory-informed history of its language use. The 'rise' and 'fall' of languages are recounted, along with an analysis of why periods of linguistic diversity are followed by hegemony. How did the sociolinguistic past differ from the sociolinguistic present?

ROBERT McCOLL MILLAR is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Aberdeen, UK. His books include Language, Nation and Power and Northern and Insular Scots.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.71 × 5.69 × 0.74 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230232558

ISBN - 13:9780230232556

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
A Note on Naming
Prologue
Sociology of Language: An Introduction
Linguistic Prehistory
The First European Literacies
The First Hegemonies
Centrifugal and Centripetal Forces. Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval Period
Competing Hegemonies: The High Middle Ages
The Birth of the Modern?: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
Conclusions
Notes
Bibliography