Chapter published in:The Intricacy of Languages
Edited by Francesc Feliu and Olga Fullana
[IVITRA Research in Linguistics and Literature 20] 2019
► pp. 48–52
The persistence of ‘old language’ and the structuring of language communities
Beyond the foreseen norms of each language, in the legitimization of the facts of language, we intuit that the historical factor is fundamental, not necessarily ratified by the academy or by the culture elites. The perception that an “incorrect” or “not much correct” thing can be said (with the necessary nuances of place and opportunity) because it has an historical base that the legitimates it is very widespread among the speakers. In fact, of a certain persistence of the ancient language largely depends the idea of language as a timeless fact, the awareness of the linguistic territory extension and, in short, the cohesion of linguistic communities – especially those who do not have other political or administrative mechanisms to “remember” the common dimension.
Published online: 30 October 2019
Nadal, Josep M.