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Language, Nation and Power

An Introduction


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Robert McColl Millar
    Pages 1-8
  3. Robert McColl Millar
    Pages 9-30
  4. Robert McColl Millar
    Pages 31-58
  5. Robert McColl Millar
    Pages 59-72
  6. Robert McColl Millar
    Pages 73-93
  7. Robert McColl Millar
    Pages 94-114
  8. Robert McColl Millar
    Pages 115-153
  9. Robert McColl Millar
    Pages 154-198
  10. Robert McColl Millar
    Pages 199-205
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 206-232

About this book


Language, Nation and Power provides students with a discussion of the ways in which language has been (and is being) used to construct national (or ethnic) identity. It focuses on the processes by which a language can be planned and standardized and what the results of these processes are. Particular emphasis is given to the historical and social effects which nationalism has had on the development of language since the French Revolution. For students of linguistics, sociology and politics.


bibliography French French revolution identity knowledge language linguistics model nation planning politics revolution sociology standardization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of AberdeenUK

About the authors

ROBERT McCOLL MILLAR is a Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has published widely on the interface between Gaelic and Scots in Scotland, language attitudes in modern Scotland, language at the margins of polities and rapid linguistic change due to language contact.

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