The Politics of Discourse: The Standard Language Question in by Tony Crowley

By Tony Crowley

'...this isn't just one other e-book at the background of the research of English; it's a huge critique of the connection among language and power.' Mpalive-Hangson Msiska, collage of Malawi

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A HISTORY OF 'THE HIST(){ OF THE LANGUAGE' 27 Appeals for 'the history of the language' In Britain a distinct type of interest in history was to dominate linguistic studies in the nineteenth century. A relationship between language and history was to be developed that was linked to, but significantly at variance with, the relations between language and history that lay at the foundations of the work of the comparativists. The names of at least the early comparativists are familiar from the often repeated brief histories of the subject that appear in introductory textbooks: Jones, Bopp, Grimm, the Schlegels, Rask, Verner, and so on.

To argue for this reading of the appearance of 'the history of the language' is not, however, to hail De Quincey as the initiator of the discipline since such attributions are at best highly reductive. It is to claim, rather, that a new field appeared which in turn enabled new categories and new types of cultural production. De Quincey lay within that field rather than outside it, a participant rather than an originator. In fact De Quincey met the objection that has already been specified, that there had been many previous writers on the history of'the language'.

As the state took responsibility for measures of reform in distinct fields (slow-thinking though it was), the radical thrust and distinctive appeal of the discourse of Chartism was to be robbed of its critical edge. That is not to say, of course, that the undemocratic constitution of the British social formation was fundamentally altered in this period since political, cultural and economic power was still exclusively exercised. The alterations were enough, however, according to StedmanJones, to ensure that 'as coherent political language and a believable political vision, Chartism disintegrated in the early 1840s'.

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