Wished-for and Unwished-for Identities
Edited By Flocel Sabaté
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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