Colonial and Postcolonial Linguistics is a newly emerging field in Linguistics and Language Studies. Its central interest is to explore and unveil the relationships between language and colonialism. This will help to come to a better understanding of (early Western) resources on non-European languages, their purposes, aims, audiences, methodological backgrounds and relevance for current research.

From a sociolinguistic point of view, the creation and affirmation of power relations, colonial hegemonies, and colonial ideologies through linguistic contributions is an area of research and debate of utmost importance.

Areas of interest include:

–colonial and neo-colonial discourses
–postcolonial discourse studies
–language contact
–language policy
–history of descriptive linguistics
–language endangerment and revitalization
–language ideologies
–language and identity