Language issue in the 21st century and the centuries ahead: an exercise in crystal-ball gazing

Kanavillil Rajagopalan

Resumo


Written in a speculative spirit, this paper is an attempt to take a peek

into what the future might hold for the study of language. It takes into

account the phenomenal changes that the world has undergone since the

days when modern linguistics constituted itself as an academic discipline.

It is argued that these changes call for a radical rethinking of some of

the fundamental assumptions about language that have hardly ever been

questioned until now

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Modern Linguistics; 19th century Zeitgeist; globalization; rethinking language

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Revista Delta-Documentação e Estudos em Linguística Teórica e Aplicada ISSN 1678-460X