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
history of descriptive linguistics
language endangerment and revitalization
language and identity