© 2007

Language and the City


Part of the Language and Globalization book series (LAGL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost
      Pages 1-6
  3. The Intellectual Inheritance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost
      Pages 9-45
    3. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost
      Pages 46-75
    4. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost
      Pages 76-107
  4. Towards a New Conceptual Terrain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost
      Pages 111-147
    3. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost
      Pages 148-176
    4. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost
      Pages 177-201
    5. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost
      Pages 202-211
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 212-230

About this book


This book shows the effects of globalization on language in social context, identifying the city as the key site for the realization of these effects. It challenges assumptions that hold sustainable linguistic diversity to be inherently non-urban while regarding the city as an unproblematic site for understanding the social function of language.


globalization identity sociolinguistics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of WelshCardiff UniversityUK

About the authors

Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost is Professor at the School of Welsh, Cardiff University, UK. He is an authority on linguistic minorities and language planning. His previous books include Language, Identity and Conflict: A Comparative Study of Language in Ethnic Conflict in Europe and Eurasia, The Irish Language in Ireland from Goídel to Globalisation, Language and the City, and Jailtacht: The Irish Language, Symbolic Power and Political Violence in Northern Ireland.

Bibliographic information


'A fascinating book...which will stimulate any reader interested in contemporary urban life.' - Huw Thomas, International Planning Studies

'Mac Giolla Chríost writes with scholarly confidence...this book poses important questions for a greater understanding of the relationship between the city, language and linguistic diversity.' - Robert Blackwood, Language Policy