The world is becoming more and more intricately multidimensional, both culturally and linguistically. Language is so deeply embedded in culture that cultural identity is defined to a great extent in terms of language. Based on this premise, the loss of one’s language contributes to the loss of one’s culture. This is the reason it is essential to maintain one’s linguistic integrity in order to protect one’s cultural identity. Though, advancements in technology have made the world seem smaller and increased the interaction between people from different cultures. The world’s economy has become increasingly globalized, fueling the rapid expansion of immigration to industrialized countries over the last 60 years. The author explores different contexts, forms, processes and effects of linguistic and cultural diversity. This paper will review the concepts of cultural bereavement and cultural identity, and how language diversity and multilingualism are manifested in both the global patterns and processes of language diversity and change, and the local aspects of language choice and language alternation.
This paper will discuss the interconnectedness of language and culture, and how language and culture impact upon one’s identity. This paper addresses some of the key problems of theoretical linguistics, crosscutting the synchronic and diachronic dimensions, such as the nature of linguistic variation, the validity of parametric approaches and the possible alternatives, the application of biological models to the study of language evolution, language transmission and language classification, the role of acquisitional mechanisms in language change, the computational modeling of linguistic diversity, the interplay between different modules of linguistic knowledge in creating the space of linguistic variation.
The paper also presents a review of challenges around the crucial theoretical, conceptual, empirical and practical aspects of linguistic diversity and cultural identity. Language. Based on this premise, the loss of one’s language contributes to the loss of one’s culture. This is the reason it is essential to maintain one’s linguistic integrity in order to protect one’s cultural identity. It will first define the three constructs – language, culture and identity. This will be followed by an overview of the work of social theorists and educationists. Criticism of essentialist ideas of identity focuses on a variety of levels of linguistic identity in modern societies whose conflicting and complex relationships are sometimes defined by the concept of heteroglossia.
The paper also discusses certain covert arguments and fallacies without shying away from addressing the underlying political, linguistic, psycho-social, relational and communicative dimensions of the issue.
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Vineet Kaul. Linguistic Diversity and Cultural Identity. Research J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 4(4): October-December, 2013, 550-571.