The political implications of Antonio Gramsci's journey through languages, language issues and linguistic disciplines

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Abstract:

This article explores the interest in language that recurs in the life and writings of the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci (1891–1937), outlining the role played by cultural and linguistic matters in his intellectual formation. In particular, it focuses on how practical experiences involving languages, as well as contacts with specialized research on language, contributed to shaping his views on diversity and unification. What emerges from the article is that significant aspects of Gramsci's political reflections and practices were influenced by his receptivity to issues connected with linguistic and cultural plurality. More specifically, Gramsci's positive relationship with this plurality can be identified as one of the factors that made him aware of the perils of imposed progress and unification.

Keywords: HEGEMONY; LANGUAGES; LINGUISTICS; MARXISM; PLURALITY; POLITICS; UNIFICATION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/jrs.2009.090203

Publication date: June 1, 2009

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