Language is a natural resource: Power and vulnerability are associated with access to language, just as to food and water. In this new book, a linguist and philosopher elucidate why language is so powerful, illuminate its very real social and political implications, and make the case for linguistic equality—equality among languages and equality in access to/knowledge of language and its use—as a human right and tool to prevent violence and oppression. Students and instructors will find this accessible, interdisciplinary text invaluable for courses that explore how language reflects power structures in linguistics, philosophy/ethics, and cognitive science/psychology.

chapter |10 pages


part I|69 pages

Language and Mind

chapter 1|24 pages

Profile of an Alpha(bet) Predator

chapter 2|25 pages

Thinking Animals

chapter 3|18 pages

The Narrating Brain

part II|104 pages

Language and Power

chapter 4|17 pages

Doing Things with Words

chapter 5|19 pages

The Language of Cooperation

chapter 6|19 pages

The Language of Violence

chapter 7|25 pages

Clarity from Managed Confusion

chapter |20 pages