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Regimes of Language

Ideologies, Polities, and Identities

Edited by Paul V. Kroskrity

In Regimes of Language, ten leading linguistic anthropologists integrate two often segregated domains: politics (without language) and language (without politics). Their essays contribute to an understanding of the role of language ideologies and discursive practices in state formation, nationalism, and the maintenance of ethnic groups, on the one hand, and in the creation of national, ethnic, and professional identities, on the other. Moving beyond a preoccupation with ideologies of cultural “others,” the volume includes reflexive analyses of European language philosophy and historical linguistics, US academic ideologies of language, political discourses by US journalists and elite image advisors, and the impact of Christian missionaries on indigenous peoples in the Papua New Guinea highlands.

2000. 432 pp., 7 black-and-white illustrations, 1 table, notes, references, index, 6 x 9

Contributors: Richard Bauman, Charles Briggs, Joseph Errington, Susan Gal, Jane H. Hill, Judith T. Irvine, Paul V. Kroskrity, Susan U. Philips, Bambi B. Schieffelin, Michael Silverstein

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“The studies in this volume offer new and original work that will help develop research agendas in this important, emergent field.”
—Dr. Jacqueline Urla, University of Massachusetts

“The authors advance the study of language ideologies with a cluster of important notions. The eight essays in this volume proceed from macrolevel studies to more microlevel analyses. Although nationalist ideologies in state formation and in scholarly representations are emphasized in many essays, several authors document their claims with microinteractional analysis and transcripts and examine how language users awareness shapes their linguistic practice, helping to reproduce or transform linguistic and social structures.”
—Miki Makihara, American Ethnologist, vol. 29, no. 1, February 2002

“An important addition to the growing literature on language ideology, this volume is the fruit of an advanced seminar held in Santa Fe in 1994 at the School for Advanced Research. The seminar brought together some of the leading scholars in language ideology research … The School for Advanced Research Press, the editor, and his co-contributors are to be congratulated on the quality of both this volume’s contents and its production…This book richly deserves to be read and studied by a wide audience of anthropologists, linguists, rhetoricians, sociologists, cultural theorists, and political scientists.”
—Dr. Talbot J. Taylor, Language in Society Vol. 31, no. 2 (2002)


  1. Regimenting Languages: Language Ideological Perspectives
    Paul V. Kroskrity
  2. Language Ideology and Linguistic Differentiation
    Judith T. Irvine and Susan Gal
  3. Whorfianism and the Linguistic Imagination of Nationality
    Michael Silverstein
  4. Language Philosophy as Language Ideology: John Locke and Johann Gottfried Herder
    Richard Bauman and Charles L. Briggs
  5. Indonesian(‘s) Authority
    Joseph Errington
  6. Constructing a Tongan Nation-State through Language Ideology in the Courtroom
    Susan U. Philips
  7. “Read My Article”: Ideological Complexity and the Overdeterminatin of Promising in American Presidenital Politics
    Jane H. Hill
  8. Introducing Kululi Literacy: A Chronology of Influences
    Bambi B. Schieffelin
  9. Language Ideologies in the Expression and Representation of Arizona Tewa Ethnic Idenity
    Paul V. Kroskrity

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