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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the key themes discussed in the book. It provides a language-oriented interpretation which aims at casting light on Gramsci's work in toto, and not just on his ideas on language inappropriately separated from his politics. These ideas can only be isolated from the rest of his thought, and from his political practice, for the purposes of historical reconstruction, in order to understand better their formation and the role they came to play. The chapter shows the potential that a reinterpretation of Gramsci enlightened by a thorough consideration of linguistic themes has, especially in regard to Gramsci's intellectual biography, assimilation of Leninism, and his stance on diversity and unification. Gramsci's lifelong interest in languages and linguistics, and his contact with Soviet language policy, are not the only aspects of his biography that deserve better consideration than that provided by the existing secondary literature.

Keywords: Gramsci; language-oriented interpretation; Leninism; linguistics



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