chapter  21
Language and Nationalism
ByEve Haque
Pages 12

The role of language in nationalist projects cannot be outlined without a consideration of the various ways in which nationalism itself has been theorized. This is a large body of literature that continues to proliferate and generate new approaches to the question of nations and nationalism. In many of these approaches, language is seen as a central organizing element of nationalist projects, and in others, language is understood as one element of national culture. However, in all these cases, given the centrality of language to the generation of human community, the question of the specific role of language in nationalism remains.