Language essentialism and social hierarchies among Giriama and Swahili

@article{Mcintosh2005LanguageEA,
  title={Language essentialism and social hierarchies among Giriama and Swahili},
  author={J. Mcintosh},
  journal={Journal of Pragmatics},
  year={2005},
  volume={37},
  pages={1919-1944}
}
  • J. Mcintosh
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Pragmatics
  • Abstract Scholars have widely recognized essentialist discourse as a potentially pernicious means of conceptualizing categories of ‘race’ and ethnicity. What has not been so rigorously explored is the way in which socially differentiated languages may themselves be essentialized to similar ends. Indeed, the few scholars who have discussed essentialism and language have tended to allude to rather different patterns. This plurality of approaches indicates that essentialist modes of representation… CONTINUE READING
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