Language in Modern Political Theory

By Vassil Anastassov.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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1. The role of language in society and politics holds secondary position in political science, which depends a lot on interdisciplinary approach.
a) language policy, as the major direction in the analysis of socio-political aspects of ethnic tongues, is restricted to their function within the borders of the ‘nation-state’, without reference to the basic principles of linguistics and its significance for the understanding of their stand in modern society.
b) professionals in language policy tend to ignore the achievments of linguistics as a basis for their research, claiming that it is too distant from the need for an analysis of the socio-political apsects of language use
2.The science of language, and its observations in the sphere of discourse analysis, pragmatics and interactional sociolinguistics with reference to diachronic linguistics reveals that:
a) language per se has a potential as a source of knowledge about the socio-political relations between different cultures all around the world.
b) language analysis can contribute to the successful investigation of social and political relationships, the socio-political and socio-cultural structure of societies, to start with the identification of specific cultural values via accordance and clashes within a society and between societies, to end up with socio-political conflicts.

Keywords: Language, Linguistics, Politics, Society, Nation-State

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.211-216. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 487.460KB).

Dr. Vassil Anastassov

Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Fatih University, Buyukcekmece, Istanbul, Turkey

Has more than 20 years of experience in teaching General, Indo-European, Slavic and Balkan Linguistics and General and Special English. Has been involved in research work and in the development of major academic projects. Many scientific articles published in Bulgaria, Poland and other countries. Participation in various conferences in Europe, USA, Canada.

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