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Language Loss

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Language loss refers to the suppression of an indigenous language or mother tongue. Language loss results in the loss of the human factors (which language embodies) relevant for self-definition, self-expression and self-representation, and sociocultural and economic growth. Language is a bulwark against foreign domination and occupation, and losing it partially or wholly can lead to spiritual subjugation and control, which can open doors to other forms of domination and exploitation. This entry examines the causal conditions, consequences, ...

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