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dc.contributor.authorKamusella, Tomasz Dominik
dc.identifier.citationKamusella , T D 2012 , ' The global regime of language recognition ' , International Journal of the Sociology of Language , vol. 2012 , no. 218 , pp. 59-86 .
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dc.description.abstractThere is no universally accepted working linguistic definition of a language; the distinction between a dialect and a language is a political question. On the basis of a discussion of this problem, the article proposes that the ISO 639 family of standards, issued by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), amounts to the backbone of an emerging global regime of language recognition. This regime is being rapidly coaxed into being by the booming IT industry and by the Internet, both of which require clear-cut and uniform standards on languages and their scripts in order to function efficiently and profitably. A potentially undesirable and divisive foundation of the regulatory regime, stemming from and meeting the distinctive sectoral purposes of the world of Evangelicalism and Bible translation, is a hurdle to be overcome in achieving a universally accepted system of language standards. Despite efforts by other actors, there is no viable secular alternative in prospect, because the religiously-grounded system has an established and substantial “first mover” advantage in the field.
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of the Sociology of Languageen
dc.rightsThis is an author version of this work. The final publication (c) 2012 Walter de Gruyter GmbH is available at www.degruyter.comen
dc.subjectBible translationen
dc.subjectGlobal regimeen
dc.subjectISO 639en
dc.subjectLanguage recognitionen
dc.subjectP Philology. Linguisticsen
dc.titleThe global regime of language recognitionen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Historyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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