• Yuliya Komska
  • Michelle Moyd
  • David Gramling


In this chapter, the authors contend with traditional understandings of “care for language,” which have often rested historically on purist, national, monolingual, elite, and racist metaphors and premises of stewardship. It reconciles the urgent need for language critique and language correction with a practical ethics of caring for mixed, dynamic, disorderly, and disobedient language as it is used, particularly when the so-called opacity of style precludes listeners from decoding the various kinds of language in use in their midst. Rather than advocating for specific practices of care in language, the authors open up a general inquiry about the scope of caring for language(s)—beyond their mere lexicon and grammar—to include interactional, pragmatic, embodied, and contextual aspects of language in use.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuliya Komska
    • 1
  • Michelle Moyd
    • 2
  • David Gramling
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of German StudiesDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA
  2. 2.Department of HistoryIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of German StudiesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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