German-Speaking World A Practical Itroduction to Sociolinguistic Issues

ISBN-10: 0415129850

ISBN-13: 9780415129855

Edition: 1997

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This accessible textbook offers undergraduate students the opportunity to explore for themselves a wide range of sociolinguistic issues relating to the German language and its role in societies around the world.
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List price: $58.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/26/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770

Jean-Jacques Weber is Professor of English and Education at the University of Luxembourg.Kristine Horner is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield.

Introduction How to Use this Book
German: Language, People, Place
Das Wort Deutsch
Language, State and Nation
Delimiting the Language
What Exactly is `German'? Identifying `German-speakers'
The German-Speaking Countries
German in Contact With Other Languages
Multinational Speech Communities
Switzerland and Luxembourg
Perceptions of Ethnolinguistic Difference
Managing Conflict
Outcomes of Contact
Language Maintenance and Language Shift
Language Choice
The Speech Behaviour of Individuals
German as an International Language
Communicating Across Languages
Languages as Commodities
Measuring the Value of the German Language
The German Language in Europe
Exploring Linguistic Variation
Regional Variation in Spoken German
The Nature of Regional Variation in German
Identifying German Dialects
Distinctive Features of German Dialects
Practical Tasks
Written German
Spoken German
Classifying Texts
Constraints on the Production of Written and Spoken Texts
Some Fundamental Contrasts in the Forms of Written and Spoken German
Blurring the Boundaries in Modern German
What do we mean by `right' and `wrong'?
Public language
Textual Patterns, Styles and Registers
Addressing the Public
Speaking the News
Public Speaking
Communicative Conventions and Social Relations
Communicative (In)competence
Politeness Routines
The Power of the Personal Pronoun
Language and Gender
The Problem of Reference
Concepts of Gender
Generic Forms
Neutralisation and Sprachtherapie
Total Feminisierung
Multicultural Society and Intercultural Encounters
Multilingualism in Germany
Forms of Non-native German
The Acquisition Process
Intercultural Encounters
Current Issues: Language and `Germanness'
Preserving the Cultural Heritage
Language and National culture
Authority in Language
Duden as a National Institution
The Rechtschreibreform Saga
Public Debates on Rechtschreibreform
Public Attitudes Towards Language Use
The Good Old Days
Vox Pop
Sprachverfall and Public Opinion
Language Change as Social Change
East Meets West
Ritual Communication
Official Language and Everyday Life in the GDR
Kultur des Missverstandnisses
Index of Terms
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