Linguistics in a Colonial World: A Story of Language, Meaning, and Power

Linguistics in a Colonial World: A Story of Language, Meaning, and Power

Author(s): Joseph Errington

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405105699

Online ISBN: 9780470690765

DOI: 10.1002/9780470690765

About this Book

Drawing on both original texts and critical literature, Linguistics in a Colonial World surveys the methods, meanings, and uses of early linguistic projects around the world.


  • Explores how early endeavours in linguistics were used to aid in overcoming practical and ideological difficulties of colonial rule
  • Traces the uses and effects of colonial linguistic projects in the shaping of identities and communities that were under, or in opposition to, imperial regimes
  • Examines enduring influences of colonial linguistics in contemporary thinking about language and cultural difference
  • Brings new insight into post-colonial controversies including endangered languages and language rights in the globalized twenty-first century

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