Abstract

Language relativism can be associated with two major conceptions: that "each language has or is a particular spirit" and that "each language has or is a—real or imagined—territory." Spirituality and territoriality combined give rise to the ideology of a language as a realm. This ideology of Modern Greek as a regime language has become dominant after the official establishment of a standard norm (demotic) and the resolution of the perennial "Greek Language Question." As it is evidenced by a host of "language issues" raised in the Greek newspapers since 1976, relativism has determined what counted as a "language issue" that was worth publishing, which language issues were eligible for public debates, and the extent to which language issues were allowed to penetrate "public opinion."

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3265
Print ISSN
0738-1727
Pages
pp. 173-206
Launched on MUSE
2004-10-28
Open Access
No
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