Linguistic nationalism

Linguistic nationalism and language revivals

Together with Umberto Ansaldo of the University of Hong Kong, I am investigating the relationships between nationalist movements, national identities and discourses of language revival. We take a critical, comparative approach to such movements, arguing that in some contexts discourses of language revival can underpin a nationalist agenda which is often aimed at promoting one group over others, and is thus in conflict with purported goals of increased social integration and wider distribution of resources. We examine these questions in three distinct geographical and sociohistorical contexts: Catalonia (as a critical review of the literature), Kazakhstan, and Mongolia. I am conducting fieldwork for this project in Kazakhstan and Mongolia in summer 2016, and the results of this research will be published as a monograph by Routledge.

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