Lecture Notes-November 19.docx
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November 19, 2014
•The nation state is recent - 200 years at most.
•One might feel a connection with some one who is dead, or not even born yet.
This is an imagined community
•Greene argues that language is crucial to the language state
•Greene says that everyone on earth spoke dialects and no one identified it as
Spanish, Italian, etc.
•Before, through villages, most people look and take the same as other villages
•From one end to another everything was dialect
•“Italy” is a recent political achievement
•Only 2% of people in Italy speak Italian
•Most of the people in WW1 didn’t speak what we now call French
•Strong central states has powerful effects
oEx. Spain, England, and France
•The states began to standardize languages as French, English, etc.
•The printing press was created and changed the way of copying. Rather than
writing copies by hand it allowed mass production of vernacular languages.
•Because many people didn’t have access to languages, however, after they were
able to develop their languages through printed languages
•A newspaper assumes that you are Canadian; it hails you as a member of a
country. It speaks by saying “hello, here is what happen in your country today,
this is why it should be important to you”
•Greene talks about industrialization that makes a nation
•Mass production in these areas brought foreign speakers into the areas
•Industry required interchangeable persons so that they could be trained and
•Public schools using printed material to teach language.
•Imagined for the first time an equality of people.
•The printed books, newspapers, etc.
•The importance of radio and TV were ways to produce a sense of standard
•The idea the we share currency and exchange it are powerful was of
implementing the state and language
•No one spoke Hebrew, but it existed as a written language.
•There were migrants and didn’t have a languafranca, however, Hebrew became
•Children are the ones that modernized what the language of Hebrew is today.
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