Linguistics and the state: How funding and politics shape a field

  title={Linguistics and the state: How funding and politics shape a field},
  author={Christopher M. Hutton},
  journal={International Journal of the Sociology of Language},
  pages={31 - 36}
  • C. Hutton
  • Published 28 April 2020
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of the Sociology of Language
Abstract In this contribution, Christopher Hutton discusses how states have historically taken an interest in, and funded, linguistics research. For a range of political purposes – including colonial rule and military strategy – knowing about and learning the language of “others” has been part of the projection and use of power. The specific purposes and forms of state support for research on language, argues Hutton, does vary depending on whether states have authoritarian or liberal democratic… 

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