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Language Revitalisation in Gaelic ScotlandLinguistic Practice and Ideology$
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Stuart Dunmore

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474443111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474443111.001.0001

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Language, Culture and Identities: Theoretical Perspectives

Language, Culture and Identities: Theoretical Perspectives

(p.17) 2 Language, Culture and Identities: Theoretical Perspectives
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Stuart Dunmore

Edinburgh University Press

Various perspectives have been brought to bear on the interrelationship of language, culture and identity within sociolinguistics, the sociology of language, social psychology and linguistic anthropology. This chapter is structured into five overarching sections, setting out a wider theoretical framework surrounding the nexus of language and social life. The chapter seeks firstly to define a conceptual framework for examining the interplay of language and sociocultural identity, before addressing the symbolic value of languages, essentialist conceptions of identity and the relationship between language and nationalism. It then introduces the concept of language ideologies and reviews theoretical understandings of how speakers’ culturally constituted beliefs and feelings about language can be seen to impact upon their use of different linguistic varieties. The chapter subsequently considers language socialisation, and focuses on how bilingual (immersion) education may interact with considerations of language and identity, ideologies and socialisation in diverse settings internationally. The framework established will thus conceptualise how these matters can help to frame the key themes and objectives of the book.

Keywords:   Language ideologies, Cultural identity, Language socialisation, Bilingual education

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