Introduction: Indigenous language regimes in the Americas

The Americas are a multilingual, pluricultural, and multiethnic territory where asymmetrical relationships of political, economic, sociocultural, and linguistic power have existed for centuries despite all the efforts that have been made to alleviate these situations. Language regimes constitute a set of regulations that prescribe which languages should be used when, where, how, by whom, and under what circumstances. According to Kroskrity (2000a: 3), “‘Regimes of language,’ as both image and title, [...] promised to integrate two often segre- gated domains: politics (without language) and language (without politics)”. This means that language regimes are political constructs, where ideologies function as linguistic and discursive practices. (For more information about language regimes and language ideologies, see Cardinal and Sontag 2016; Gazzola 2014; Gustafson 2009; Howard 2007; Kroskrity 2000a; Kroskrity and Field 2010; Kroskrity et al. 1992; Liu 2015; Schiefffelin et al. 1998).

Publication Date:
Jun 02 2017
Date Submitted:
Nov 20 2018
International Journal of Sociology of Language
Issue 246

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