The Language that cannot speak its name

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Our understanding of the role of language in social life suffers from a particularly intractable problem: the terms we use to speak about language are often not very useful; on the contrary, they are confusing, obscurantist and create problems that we cannot even see because of our limited linguistic imagination.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationLanguage on the move
PublisherLanguage on the move
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2016

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  • 200401 applied linguistics and educational linguistics
  • 200405 language in culture and society (sociolinguistics)

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