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Local Histories/Global DesignsColoniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking$
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Walter D. Mignolo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691156095

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691156095.001.0001

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“An Other Tongue”: Linguistics Maps, Literary Geographies, Cultural Landscapes

“An Other Tongue”: Linguistics Maps, Literary Geographies, Cultural Landscapes

(p.217) Chapter 5 “An Other Tongue”: Linguistics Maps, Literary Geographies, Cultural Landscapes
Local Histories/Global Designs

Walter D. Mignolo

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the implications of national ideologies in the domain of languages and literatures intermixed with the colonial difference. It looks at the Haitian Revolution, wherein language was intrinsically related to community formation and to geopolitical configurations. Indeed, the Haitian Revolution is crucial for envisioning a new scenario of geopolitical configurations and for understanding the function of languages for political interventions and for building communities. “An other tongue” is the necessary condition for “an other thinking” and for the possibility of moving beyond the defense of national languages and national ideologies—both of which have been operating in complicity with imperial powers and imperial conflicts.

Keywords:   national ideologies, languages, literatures, colonial difference, Haitian Revolution, community formation, geopolitical configurations, other tongue, national languages, imperial conflicts

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