The Intricacy of Languages

ORCID logoFrancesc Feliu | Universitat de Girona
Olga Fullana | Universitat de Girona
ISBN 9789027204424 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027261946 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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If, as we believe, the history of languages is the history of the construction of an ideal artefact that permits a specific interpretation of the linguistic reality and helps to approve and assimilate a certain zone of diversity, enabling the accumulation of collective historical knowledge and making us identify it with a social community and a territory, then it must be agreed that languages are extremely complex entities.
The new linguistic diversity that cultural globalisation and recent population movements have installed in most traditional linguistic territories has probably put the ideology of the national language into a state of crisis and, as a consequence, has made the ancient, intrinsic diversity of all languages visible, at least to the extent that this is still possible.
Nowadays, then, the old linguistic diversity of dialects, of parlances, of local lexicons and the cultural forms that are reflected in these, of varieties and previously unsuccessful linguistic entities has been given a new opportunity in a world where the cohesion of societies and the welfare of citizens must be guaranteed using all available means. Looked at this way, the intricacy of languages may even open up an opportunity for local economic and social development.
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“This is an important and timely volume. Globalisation and immigration have necessitated the rethinking of what we understand by standard languages and norms, variation and correct usage. As the ideology of the standard weakens in relation to certain national languages, previously stigmatised varieties and forms are being reviewed by speakers and given new values.”
“The book proposal presents both general and historical well organized and composed
linguistic matters: theoretical aspects (Part I: Theoretical aspects of the intricacy of
languages), standardization problems (Part II: The languages of Europe, among standard and variation), and the focus on a peculiar case study (Part III: Tensions and internal diversity in the Catalan language).”

Main BIC Subject

CFB: Sociolinguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009050: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019029461 | Marc record