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nation +‎ -ist, from nationism, Joshua Fishman, 1968.[1]


nationist (comparative more nationist, superlative most nationist)

  1. (sociolinguistics) A language used for the day-to-day functioning of government – official forms, intra-government communication.
  2. Misspelling of nationalist.

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Usage notes[edit]

Like nationism, nationist is a technical term used in sociolinguistics, and is contrasted with nationalist. However, nationist may also occur as a misspelling of the far more common nationalist.

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  1. ^ Fishman, J.A. 1968. Nationality–nationalism and nation–nationism. Fishman, J.A.; Ferguson, C.A.; Das Gupta, J., ed. Language problems of developing nations. John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY, USA. pp. 39–51.
  • An introduction to language and linguistics, by Ralph W. Fasold, Jeff Connor-Linton, p. 377