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Legitimating inaction : differing identity constructions of the Scots language.

Unger, Johann W. (2010) Legitimating inaction : differing identity constructions of the Scots language. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 13 (1). pp. 99-117. ISSN 1367-5494

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    Abstract

    The Scots language plays a key role in the political and cultural landscape of contemporary Scotland. From a discourse-historical perspective, this article explores how language ideologies about the Scots language are realized linguistically in a so-called ‘languages strategy’ drafted by the Scottish Executive, and in focus groups consisting of Scottish people. This article shows that although the decline of Scots is said to be a ‘tragedy’, focus group participants seem to reject the notion of Scots as a viable, contemporary language that can be used across a wide range of registers. The policy document also seems to construct Scots in very positive terms, but is shown to be unhelpful or potentially even damaging in the process of changing public attitudes to Scots.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Cultural Studies
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Bourdieu ; discourse-historical approach ; discursive construction ; language policy ; Scots language ; Scottish national identity
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > PF West Germanic
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 33285
    Deposited By: Dr Johann W Unger
    Deposited On: 12 May 2010 13:58
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:24
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33285

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