The Politics of Language: Conflict, Identity, and Cultural Pluralism in Comparative Perspective

Paperback | March 15, 2001

byCarol L. Schmid

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Important aspects of the history of language in the United States remain shrouded in myth and legend. The notion of "one nation, one language" is part of the idealized history of the United States, although in its short history it has probably been host to more bilingual people than any othercountry in the world. Language is more than a means of communication. It brings into play an entire range of experiences and attitudes toward life. Furthermore, language is a potent symbolic issue because it links power and political claims of ownership with psychological demands for group worth. How people belonging to different language and cultural communities live together in the same political community and how political and structural tensions arise to divide them along language lines, are questions addressed in The Politics of Language. This book analyzes the historical backgroundand recent controversy over language in the United States and compares it to two official multilingual societies: Canada and Switzerland. It's accessibility as a survey of this topic makes it ideal for courses in linguistics, political science, and sociology.

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Important aspects of the history of language in the United States remain shrouded in myth and legend. The notion of "one nation, one language" is part of the idealized history of the United States, although in its short history it has probably been host to more bilingual people than any othercountry in the world. Language is more tha...

Carol L. Schmid is at Guilford Technical Community College, NC.
Format:PaperbackPublished:March 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195137760

ISBN - 13:9780195137767

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"Schmid's book is an interesting read, full of detail and useful information."--Language and Intercultural Communication