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The German Language and the Real World: Sociolinguistic, Cultural, and Pragmatic Perspectives on Contemporary German / Edition 1

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Language has always played an important part in the debates on cultural and political identity in the German-speaking areas of Europe. It is therefore not surprising that the dramatic events of the early 1990s, most notably the reunification of Germany, have led to an upsurge of interest in the German language. This collection of specially commissioned essays provides an insight into the interests and approaches of German-speaking linguists in this period of dynamic change, focusing on the forms, functions, and uses of contemporary German. Some contributors address broad issues language and national identity, the status of German as an international language, language change and attempts to fix the form of the language, and sociolinguistic variation while others examine topics of particular significance in the current sociopolitical climate. These include social change and linguistic variation in Berlin after the Wall, the political language of the Right and Left, the speech of youth subcultures, language and gender, language and television, and language in intercultural communication.
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"What makes this collection so exciting is its demonstration of the linguistic dichotomy created by a unified Germany and the sociolinguistic ferment it generates....Fills a void in up-to-date English-language information on German linguistics. Highly recommended for all college and university collections, as well as public libraries."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198237389
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1 The Study of Real Language: Observing the Observers 1
2 To What Extent is German an International Language? 25
3 Germanness: Language and Nation 55
4 Norms and Reforms: Fixing the Form of the Language 69
5 Directions of Change in Contemporary German 95
6 After the Wall: Social Change and Linguistic Variation in Berlin 117
7 Theories of Sociolinguistic Variation in the German Context 135
8 Language in Intercultural Communication 169
9 Critical Linguistics and the Study of Institutional Communication 205
10 Political Discourse: The Language of Right and Left in Germany 231
11 Evaluation of Language Use in Public Discourse: Language Attitudes in Austria 257
12 Language and Gender 279
13 Jugendsprachen: Speech Styles of Youth Subcultures 315
14 Language and Television 339
Index 375
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