Voices of Modernity (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language)

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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.

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Argues that conscious development of new ways of thinking about language had a crucial role in modern history, particularly the discovery of how apparently objective differences between languages legitimated social inequalities. The authors' view is that savages and ancients were judged together because they used language similarly (irrational, poetic), in contrast to modern Europeans, who required disciplined language for use in scientific, philosophical and legal projects.

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Richard Bauman is Distinguished Professor of Communication and Culture, Folklore, and Anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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