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Language loss and Illocutionary Silencing
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5141-3134
2019 (English)In: Mind (Print), ISSN 0026-4423, E-ISSN 1460-2113, article id fzz051Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The twenty-first century will witness an unprecedented decline in the diversity of the world’s languages. While most philosophers will likely agree that this decline is lamentable, the question of what exactly is lost with a language has not been systematically explored in the philosophical literature. In this paper, I address this lacuna by arguing that language loss constitutes a problematic form of illocutionary silencing. When a language disappears, past and present speakers lose the ability to realize a range of speech acts that can only be realized in that language. With that ability, speakers lose something in which they have a fundamental interest: their standing as fully empowered members of a linguistic community.

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Oxford University Press, 2019. article id fzz051
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Linguistic justice, language extinction, speech acts, illocutionary silencing
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163541DOI: 10.1093/mind/fzz051OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-163541DiVA, id: diva2:1354349
Available from: 2019-09-25 Created: 2019-09-25 Last updated: 2019-09-30Bibliographically approved

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