Presentation of our Issue 6, number 11 “Language and power relations”

Rolando Blas Sánchez


It is estimated that there are around 7,000 languages in the world.  Only some of them have the status of being official languages and others are international languages. Many times, their status is linked to economic or political factors. In other cases, it is due to the colonizing inheritance. Those languages that do not enjoy a high status end up having limited spaces for their use or perishing if they cease to be transmitted to subsequent generations of speakers. This phenomenon occurs in all latitudes of the world. In the particular case of Our America, we can find this problematic with the indigenous languages and, although less visible, but with the same importance, with the Creole languages. For the readers of our magazine, in number 11 of this publication, we present a varied discussion about some practices of languages and their interactions with others. There are historical studies on the subversive power and resistance of indigenous languages, pedagogical proposals to maintain and revitalize them, strategic approaches to decolonization of thought and knowledge, analyses of the relationship between language, power and identity, and reflections on the situation of other languages that coexist in multilingual areas such as Creole and the difficulties and prejudices they face because they do not have a high status.

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