Mother Tongues and Nations

The Invention of the Native Speaker


Publisher: Walter de Gruyter


Language: English | Number of Pages: 244 | Format: Hardcover

Isbn-10: 1934078255 | Isbn-13: 9781934078259 | Publish date: 

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Book Description
This monograph examines the ideological legacy of the metaphors, 'mother tongue' and 'native speaker,' by historicizing their linguistic development. Early nation states constructed the ideology of ethnolinguistic nationalism, a composite of national language, identity, geography, and race that generated the philologies of (early) modernity and their genetic and arboreal 'families' of languages. It shows enracination of language that persists today. Scholarly recognition of the biological metaphors that racialize language will help to combat continued ethnolinguistic discrimination.