ERIC Number: ED174024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Politics of Language. Lektos: Interdisciplinary Working Papers in Language Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 2.
St. Clair, Robert N.
The areas of language planning and the language of oppression are discussed within the theoretical framework of existential sociolinguistics. This tradition is contrasted with the contemporary models of positivism with its assumptions about constancy and quantification. The proposed model brings in social history, intent, consciousness, and other extensions of the data and combines them into a methodology of hermeneutics. These new perspectives not only ask different questions about how language is used in social terms, but it also makes radically different claims about how language is legitimized by the power elite who wield community power, and how people are socialized into external patterns of recognizable behavior that have salient values. The model accounts for many of the basic concepts regarding pluralism within the discipline of political science, and it provides a coherent treatment of such sociological endeavors as labelling theory, neo-symbolic interactionism, the sociology of knowledge, and phenomenological sociology. (SW)
Descriptors: Diachronic Linguistics, Educational Policy, Essays, Language Attitudes, Language Planning, Language Role, Political Influences, Public Policy, Social Planning, Sociocultural Patterns, Sociolinguistics
University of Louisville, Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics, Room 214 Humanities, Louisville, Kentucky 40208
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics.