#4536. 言語イデオロギーの根底にある3つの記号論的過程[linguistic_imperialism][linguistic_ideology][standardisation][world_englishes]


 世界英語 (world_englishes) の話題は,言語イデオロギー (linguistic_ideology) の問題と結びつきやすい.英語帝国主義の議論 (cf. linguistic_imperialism) もその1つの反映である.このことは「#4466. World Englishes への6つのアプローチ」 ([2021-07-19-1]) でも触れられている.
 そもそも言語イデオロギーをどのように解釈するか.「#2163. 言語イデオロギー」 ([2015-03-30-1]) で1つの見方を示したが,今回は Bhatt (293) の見解を紹介する.まず定義に相当する部分を引用する.

Language ideologies, broadly construed, refer to beliefs, feelings, and conceptions of language structure and use that to serve political and economic interest of those in power . . . . Under this view, language---English, for our purposes---is used as a resource to promote and protect the econo-cultural and political interests of those in power; however, it must be noted that language ideologies are rarely brought up to the level of discursive consciousness.

 平たくいえば,言語イデオロギーとは,特定の言語とその権力に関する信念体系であり,意識に上ることが少ない類いのもの,ということになる.Bhatt (293) は続けて,このイデオロギーの根底には3つの記号論的過程があるという.

The three semiotic processes underlying the ideological representation of language variation are: iconization---the process that fuses some quality of the linguistic feature and a supposedly parallel quality of the social group and understands one as the cause or the inherent, essential, explanation of the other . . . ; fractal recursivity---the projection of an opposition made at one level onto some other level so that the distinction is seen to recur across categories of varying generality; and erasure---selective disattention to, or non-acknowledgment of, unruly forms of linguistic variation, those that do not fit neatly into predetermined paradigms of linguistic descriptions.


 ・ Bhatt, Rakesh M. "World Englishes and Language Ideologies." Chapter 15 of The Oxford Handbook of World Englishes. Ed. by Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola, and Devyani Sharma. New York: OUP, 2017. 291--311.

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