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By Jacques Derrida

“I have yet one language—yet that language isn't mine.” This booklet intertwines theoretical mirrored image with ancient and cultural particularity to enunciate, then learn this conundrum when it comes to the author’s personal courting to the French language.

The e-book operates on 3 degrees. on the first point, a theoretical inquiry investigates the relation among members and their “own” language. It additionally explores the structural limits, wants, and interdictions inherent in such “possession,” in addition to the corporeal element of language (its accents, tones, and rhythms) and the query of the “countability” of languages (that is, their discreteness or real givenness).

At the second one point, the writer testifies to elements of his acculturation as an Algerian Jew with recognize to language acquisition, education, citizenship, and the dynamics of cultural-political exclusion and inclusion. on the 3rd point, the booklet is comparative, drawing on statements from a variety of figures, from the Moroccan Abdelkebir Khatibi to Franz Rosenzweig, Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt, and Emmanuel Levinas.

Since one of many book’s important issues is the query of linguistic and cultural identification, its argument touches on numerous concerns correct to the present debates on multiculturalism. those concerns comprise the implementation of colonialism within the faculties, the tacit or particular censorship that excludes different (indigenous) languages from critical severe attention, the funding in an incredible of linguistic purity, and the problematics of translation. the writer additionally finds the complicated interaction of mental components that invests the topic of identification with the will to get well a “lost” language of foundation and with the ambition to grasp the language of the colonizer.

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