By Richard Bauman
By Charles L. Briggs
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year:2003
Online Publication Date:September 2009
This study asserts that conscious development of new ways of thinking about language had a crucial role in modern history, particularly the discovery of how differences between languages legitimated social inequalities. It claims that savages and ancients were judged alike because they used language similarly, in contrast to modern Europeans who used disciplined language in scientific, philosophical and legal projects.