Edited by Bambi B. Schieffelin, Kathryn A. Woolard, and Paul V. Kroskrity
"Language ideologies" are cultural representations, whether
explicit or implicit, of the intersection of language and human beings
in a social world. Mediating between social structures and forms of
talk, such ideologies are not only about language. Rather, they link
language to identity, power, aesthetics, morality and epistemology.
Through such linkages, language ideologies underpin not only linguistic
form and use, but also significant social institutions and fundamental
notions of person and community. The essays in this new book examine
definitions and conceptions of language in a wide range of societies
around the world. Contributors focus on how such defining activity
organizes language use as well as institutions such as religious ritual,
the nation-state, schooling, and law. This timely volume will be the
first collection of work to appear in this rapidly growing field, which
effectively bridges linguistic and social theory.