Singular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in 21st Century Catalonia by Kathryn A. WoolardSingular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in 21st Century Catalonia by Kathryn A. Woolard

Singular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in 21st Century Catalonia

byKathryn A. Woolard

Paperback | July 29, 2016

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A surging movement for Catalan political independence from Spain has brought renewed urgency to questions about what it means, personally and politically, to speak or not to speak Catalan and to claim Catalan identity. This book develops a framework for analyzing ideologies of linguisticauthority and uses it to illuminate the politics of language in Catalonia, where Catalan jostles with Castilian for legitimacy. Kathryn Woolard's longitudinal research across decades of political autonomy contextualizes this ethnographic study of the social meaning of Catalan in the 21st century.Part I lays out the ideologies of linguistic authenticity, anonymity, and naturalism that underpin linguistic authority in the modern western world, and gives an overview of a shift in the ideological grounding of linguistic authority in contemporary Catalonia. Part II examines discourses in the media surrounding three public linguistic controversies: an immigrant president's linguistic competence, a municipal festival, and an international book fair. Part III explores individuals' linguistic practices and views, drawing on classroom ethnographies andinterviews with two generations of young people from the same high school. Woolard argues that there is an ongoing shift at both public and personal levels away from the ethnolinguistic authenticity that powered relations in the early transition to political autonomy, and toward new discourses ofanonymity, rooted cosmopolitanism, and authenticity understood as a project rather than a matter of origins and essence.
Kathryn Woolard is a linguistic anthropologist and Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Woolard is author of Double Talk: Bilingualism and the Politics of Ethnicity in Catalonia (Stanford 1989, reissued 2015) and co-editor of Language I...
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Title:Singular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in 21st Century CataloniaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190258624

ISBN - 13:9780190258627

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