Networked Territories of Language and Nation

Rhys Jones*

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This chapter analyses networked territories of language and nation, noting the shift from academic focus on the histories and times of nations to a geographical attention on landscapes, the importance of specific sites and places, and the significance of territory. Jones uses this more networked interpretation of national territories to examine the territorial extent of a sense of Welshness that is defined according to Welsh language ability. He proceeds by detailing the dominant geographical imaginations that exist in relation to Welsh linguistic territory, which tend to conceive uncritically of a homogenous and definable territorial entity. He then highlights some of the ways in which these visions of a homogenous and uniform linguistic territory can be complicated by drawing on more networked understandings of social and spatial relations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage, Policy and Territory
Subtitle of host publicationA Festschrift for Colin H. Williams
EditorsWilson McLeod, Rob Dunbar, Kathryn Jones, John Walsh
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783030943462
ISBN (Print)9783030943455
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2022


  • Geography
  • Language policy
  • Networked territories
  • Territory
  • Welsh language


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