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Language, Identity and Conflict by Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost

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12 Globalities

Comparative issues in extra-European théâtres

He gave them languages for different places and sent them off. That's why we talk in different ways – he created things that way. Giving [one group a certain] language, he sent them off [to one place]. Those speaking another language he sent elsewhere … We too, having been given a language, stayed here at this place.

(Kashaya [USA] origin myth, as told by Herman James, http://www.terralingua.org/ip%261gs.html 18 October 2001)

Introduction

This study of the relationships between language, identity and conflict in Europe has implications for understanding ecolinguistic systems in other parts of the world. There exist certain common points of reference such as the centrality of the ...

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