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Language Grief: Its Nature and Function at Community Level

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Bostock, WW, Language Grief: Its Nature and Function at Community Level, Language, Society and Culture, 1, (2) pp. 1-14. ISSN 1327-774X (1997) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

As part of its culture a community will have an identity or "property of being one and the same" (Brennan 1988:7). Identity implies survival and because survival in an unchanged form is not possible it is normal to accept a degree of continuity as a sufficient defining characteristic of a community. A community can for example change its language and still see itself as the same community as many immigrant communities have done. The extinction of a language therefore does not necessarily involve the extinction of a culture or a community (Edwards 1985). Communities can survive a change of language or even several (Brenzinger 1992) but they can also succumb (Day 1985). Continued functioning requires a concept of future if a community is not to fall into disunity and ultimately extinction (Borkenau 1981). The chances of the physical, political, economic and social survival and future development of a community may be considered to be increased by a change of language, which will have major consequences for that community and will be indicated in the state of health of that community.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Political Science
Research Field:Political Science not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Bostock, WW (Dr William Bostock)
ID Code:10215
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2013-02-14
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