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Conditioned Identities

Wished-for and Unwished-for Identities


Edited By Flocel Sabaté

This book contains selected papers from the meeting «Conditioned Identities. Wished-for and Unwished-for Identities», held in the Institute of Research in Identities and Society (University of Lleida) in 2013 and attended by participants representing different disciplines, discussing the imposition and acceptance of identities. The different chapters of the book, written by scholars and researchers from all over the world, analyse the conflict between attributed and chosen identities in History, Language, Literature, Sociology and Anthropology across various historical periods and geographical regions. Theoretical and practical studies are combined in order to contribute to a renewal of perspectives regarding a key issue for understanding the roots of our current society and the problems surrounding conviviality in today’s world.
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Language, Normative and Identity


Josep M. NADAL

Universitat de Girona

Let me start with a paradox. On one hand, we are all convinced, whether it is true or not, that what we use when we talk are languages and we are all also sure that we know what a language is. However, a careful analysis of what we really speak quickly undermines these convictions because there are so many variations in oral communication, and these are so important, that it is difficult to use the concept of a “Single Shared Language”.

Given this contradiction, we must ask ourselves if the conviction that languages exist is the consequence of the adaptive necessity of the modern sapiens to organise the lectal continuum in units of a higher level of abstraction. However, the projection of properly linguistic primary facts into a depiction in languages, which are secondary objects, conceived as homogenous things, generates many questions. I will present only some of these. And doing so will lead me to the written language and orthographic rules on one hand, and social identity on the other.

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