Language and Emotion

Harold Schiffman
South Asia Regional Studies
University of Pennsylvania

Handouts for LING 540, Language Policy

Being concerned about sociolinguistic issues of various sorts, especially issues that people care about sometimes leads to issues that involve emotion and language. For me, this has arisen out of my own work on language policy and the emotive value that language has in linguistic cultures where political movements have been strongly identified with particular languages or forms of language. As a linguist with humanistic training, I also recognize the power of special texts or special gifts with language., last modified 9/24/97