“Building Bridges Across the Oxus: Language, Development and Globalization at the Tajik-Afghan Frontier.”

Mostowlansky, Till (2017). “Building Bridges Across the Oxus: Language, Development and Globalization at the Tajik-Afghan Frontier.”. International journal of the sociology of language, 2017(247), pp. 49-70. Mouton de Gruyter 10.1515/ijsl-2017-0021

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In this article I set out to explore the Tajik-Afghan frontier in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan region as a “contact zone” in which different actors engage in communicative encounters. Against this backdrop I take the construction of bridges across the Tajik-Afghan border river as a point of departure to analyse how these actors envisage processes of globalization. Following Pennycook, I argue that a focus on language as local practice reveals that the Tajik-Afghan frontier is marked by a high degree of different languages, but also by multiple meanings within and beyond these languages. As a result I maintain that highlighting the locality of languages at the Tajik-Afghan frontier provides an opportunity to frame language as tied to specific communicative encounters in semiotized time and space

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute for the Science of Religion

UniBE Contributor:

Mostowlansky, Till

Subjects:

200 Religion

ISSN:

1613-3668

Publisher:

Mouton de Gruyter

Language:

English

Submitter:

Michaela Wisler

Date Deposited:

02 Apr 2019 13:58

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 20:23

Publisher DOI:

10.1515/ijsl-2017-0021

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.129807

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/129807

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