Is linguistic revival beneficiary to the plight of newly emerging, peripheral or even `threatened' cultures? Or is it a smokescreen that hides the vestiges of nationalist ideologies, which ultimately create a hegemonic relationship? This book takes a critical look at three revival exercises of exemplary historical and geopolitical value, and argues that a critical, negative look at revival movements is necessary. The cases of Catalan, Kazakh and Mongolian show that it is not through linguistic revival but through economic development that the peoples in question achieve competitiveness, representation and equality amongst their neighbours. On the other hand, linguistic revival in these and other contexts can be used at the detriment of other, marginal groups, recreating the same dynamics that generated to need for revival in the first place. This book argues that respect for linguistic and other diversity, multilingualism and multiculturalism, are not compatible with linguistic revival that mirrors nation-building and sovereign identity construction.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
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