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Reading Derrida: Language, identity and violence

Reading Derrida: Language, identity and violence This article offers a reading of a major text on language by the French philoso- pher Jacques Derrida, Monolingualism of the Other, and considers its rele- vance, and Derrida’s work more generally, to the concerns of applied linguis- tics. Derrida’s argument about the necessarily conflicted nature of identity and its relationship to language has implications for work in many areas of applied linguistics, especially bilingualism, language attitudes, language maintenance and shift, the role of English as a global language, theories of motivation in language learning and current debates over nationality and citizenship. Keywords: language and identity; Derrida; poststructuralist theory; applied linguistics; mother tongue. 1. Introduction: Reading Derrida This paper argues for the relevance to applied linguistics of the work of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) by offering a reading of a text of his on language and identity, Monolingualism of the Other (Derrida 1998), and considering its relevance to a range of issues in applied linguistics. Derrida’s work is relatively little cited in applied linguistics, whichis onthe face of it surprising given that language is a persistent focus of his work. His discussion of spoken and written language in his definitive early text, Of Grammatology (Der- rida 1976), http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Linguistics Review de Gruyter

Reading Derrida: Language, identity and violence

Applied Linguistics Review , Volume 1 (2010): 22 – Jun 14, 2010

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de Gruyter
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1868-6303
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1868-6311
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10.1515/9783110222654.23
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Abstract

This article offers a reading of a major text on language by the French philoso- pher Jacques Derrida, Monolingualism of the Other, and considers its rele- vance, and Derrida’s work more generally, to the concerns of applied linguis- tics. Derrida’s argument about the necessarily conflicted nature of identity and its relationship to language has implications for work in many areas of applied linguistics, especially bilingualism, language attitudes, language maintenance and shift, the role of English as a global language, theories of motivation in language learning and current debates over nationality and citizenship. Keywords: language and identity; Derrida; poststructuralist theory; applied linguistics; mother tongue. 1. Introduction: Reading Derrida This paper argues for the relevance to applied linguistics of the work of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) by offering a reading of a text of his on language and identity, Monolingualism of the Other (Derrida 1998), and considering its relevance to a range of issues in applied linguistics. Derrida’s work is relatively little cited in applied linguistics, whichis onthe face of it surprising given that language is a persistent focus of his work. His discussion of spoken and written language in his definitive early text, Of Grammatology (Der- rida 1976),

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Applied Linguistics Reviewde Gruyter

Published: Jun 14, 2010

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