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Linguistic imperialism

Linguistic imperialism is a term to describe the use of language as a tool, deliberately or not, for colonialist[?] indoctrination of indigenous peoples. In the modern, hypercommunicative context, the term is more often a characterization of an attitude, often among English speakers, that tends to dogmatism[?] about ones' language. The term is a logical component of the wider cultural imperialism.

Lingustic imperialism relates somewhat to the linguistic relativity, which is the theory that unique and distinct languages create unique and distinct ways of percieving and thinking. (See Sapir-Whorf hypothesis). This idea has largely been undermined, due to its implied assumptions about cultures and their correlating value judgements.



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