The aim of this tracking project is to test the hypothesis that changes in the languages people use are weak signals of challenges to prevailing ideas about group identification and interrelation (e.g. community, nationality and ethnicity), and can usefully be tracked, just as we might track (for example) intercommunal violence, religious observance, online consumer or political buzz, expressions of protectionism, etc. The hypothesis is explained here.

The blog will be a collection point for evidence and initial analysis/thoughts on these issues, with the aim of building a solid body of examples to track.


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