Language and State: An Inquiry into the Progress of by Xing Yu PDF

By Xing Yu

This publication argues primitive society is shaped at the foundation of kinship ties whereas a civilized society is shaped at the foundation of linguistic communique. while people converse with one another via language, they expand the space of communique. The extension of communique distance is helping extend groups. States are progressively shaped. which means as those groups develop, they turn into too huge to be supported basically by means of the binds of kinship. using language and the advance of linguistic verbal exchange underlies the institution of governments, the advent of legislation, the preserving of elections, and the flourishing of background, philosophy, literature, artwork, faith, and so forth. This ebook offers a brand new idea in regards to the significance of language within the development of the states.

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I mean that when people use the same language in communication or perform frequent linguistic communication with each other in a certain area or a territory, they closely interact with each other, share the same experience, perform active cooperation in production, and display the common cultural character. They find the existence of their common interest. They may form one state when population grows large enough. When the language used by people changes in some aspects albeit slightly, people decrease the frequency of their linguistic communication among different groups of people using the different languages that are originally the same.

It can be supplied in a large quantity. It can be used by all. This means that when communication is performed, people in communication do not need to travel, but the medium travels. Then the transmission of detailed or systematic or a lot of information between one person and another in a large scope is realizable. So written communication plays a special role when the state is formed by people who use written language. As written communication can be performed in a large scope, all are able to communicate with each other.

At the same time the indigenous consciousness of the local people was formed because local people performed frequent communication with each other in the New World and hence realized the formation of their common interest while performing linguistic communication with the British people less frequently and hence being alienated from those residing in Great Britain. The formation of this consciousness and the common interest of the indigenous people prepared a condition for the people of the colonies to seek independence and form their own state in the years to come.

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