Language, Nations, and Multilingualism: Questioning the Herderian Ideal

Questioning the Herderian idealHerder’s monolingual claim and post-colonialitySummaries of chaptersNoteReferencesHerder: blessing or curse for linguistic justice? A contemporary assessmentSection I: the life-world argumentSection II: from the life-world argument to linguistic nationalismSection III: contemporary influence of Herder: Kymlicka and liberal nationalismSection IV: non-discrete life-world rightsConclusionNotesReferencesRethinking the principle of linguistic homogeneity in the age of superdiversityLinguistic homogeneity and the nation-state systemHerder and the German RomanticsModernist accounts of nationalism and languageEntrenching national languages; marginalizing other languagesProblematizing linguistic homogeneitySuperdiversity: a riposte to monolingualism?Superdiversity and its explanatory limitsComplex diversity: a useful complement (and counterpoint) to superdiversity’?ConclusionReferencesFrom cultural difference to monoglossia: Herder’s language trapHerder’s cultural auti-colouialismLanguage, culture, nationalismLanguage and cultural nationalism in IrelandLanguage against colonialismLanguage and identityHerder’s trapReferencesMultilingualism in the United States: the long history of official translationsEnglish predominates in federal discourseSettlers govern multilinguallyConcluding remarksNotesReferencesA noble dream? Hindustani and Indian nationalism in the early twentieth centuryLanguages of India during the empireIndia and the spectre of HerderChatterji’s HindustaniNotesReferencesNo laughing matter: learning to speak the “common language” in 1950s ChinaWhat is putonghua?What’s so funny?From mockery to refusalConclusionNotesReferencesNationalism, multilingualism, and language planning in post-colonial AfricaNationalism and language policies and practices in colonial and post-colonial AfricaPersistence of colonial language policies in education— insights from language economics and critical theoryCritical theory and language economicsPrestige planning for Africa’s indigenous languagesPrestige planning for African languages—a critiqueThe implementation of prestige planning for African languagesConclusionReferencesLanguage and national consciousness in the post-colonial CaribbeanHerder, language, and anti-colonialismCreolizing the national conceptConclusionNotesReferencesThe myth of multilingualism in SingaporeThe Herderian mantraBuilding the Singaporean nation through languageLinguistic reality-checkLinguistic capacityLinguistic practiceMonolingualism of a foreign tongueNotesReferences
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