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Bilingualism and ethnic identity: Prestigious versus unprestigious languages
Bilingualism and ethnic identity: Prestigious versus unprestigious languages

Author(s): Iraklis Millas
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Foreign languages learning, Studies of Literature, Translation Studies
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Bilingualism; nationalism; Greece; Turkey; nation-state; language

Summary/Abstract: Languages which until the 18th and 19th century were only tools to communicate attained new roles with the appearance of the nation-states and nationalism. They were associated with national identity. It was assumed that every nation had a language and that every language group could claim a nationhood. Bilingualism was seen as a prestigious attainment provided the language next to the “language of the nation” is not associated with a nation or an ethnic group which is perceived as a threat to the nation. The unprestigious language which belongs to the “other” is suppressed or ignored. Cases from Greece and Turkey show that this preference/rejection practice is still experienced in our times as a problem of human rights.

  • Issue Year: 62/2019
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 31-38
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English