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Language, Politics, and the Nation-State

  1. John E. Joseph

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0663

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Joseph, J. E. 2012. Language, Politics, and the Nation-State. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


The “nation-state” is the concept of a continuous expanse of territory occupied in the majority by the people that has traditionally inhabited it, and governed autonomously by them. This people is assumed to be ethnically and culturally unified, with the principal cultural manifestations of their unity being shared religion and language.


  • government, politics, and law;
  • language policy;
  • identity;
  • identity politics;
  • ideology