Ethnolinguistic group

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An ethnolinguistic group (or ethno-linguistic group) is one of the types of group identity that defines membership of an ethnic group. Members are unified by a common language (and possibly script).

Herodotus (484–425 BC) enumerated shared language, homoglōsson ("speaking the same language"), as one of the four pillars of ethnic identity.[1]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Lamy, Paul. "Language and ethnolinguistic identity: The bilingualism question." International Journal of the Sociology of Language 1979.20 (1979): 23-36.
  • Sachdev, Itesh, and Richard Y. Bourhis. "Language and social identification." Social identity theory: Constructive and critical advances 211 (1990): 229.
  • Giles, Howard, Richard Y. Bourhis, and Donald M. Taylor. "Towards a theory of language in ethnic group relations." Language, ethnicity and intergroup relations 307348 (1977).
  • Bourhis, Richard Y. "Language in ethnic interaction: A social psychological approach." Language and ethnic relations (1979): 117-141.