• Robert McColl Millar


In theory, all varieties of language are equal. In essence, all human beings have the same ability to communicate all ideas, both abstract and concrete. Yet this is not our perception of the way the (linguistic) world works. We all assume that some varieties of language, more importantly, that some languages, possess greater economic and political resources than do others. The source of these inequalities is power: political, economic, cultural, historical and social power. This power can often be expressed in terms of national prestige.


Language Policy Language Variety Language Planning Early Modern Period Irish Language 
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© Robert McColl Millar 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert McColl Millar
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  1. 1.University of AberdeenUK

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