The German-speaking World
Practical Introduction to Sociolinguistic Issues
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German-speaking World by Patrick Stevenson
Book DescriptionThis accessible textbook offers 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. It is written for undergraduate students who have a sound practical knowledge of German but who have little or no knowledge of linguistics or sociolinguistics. It combines text with practical exercises and discussion questions to stimulate readers to think for themselves and to tackle specific problems. In Part One Patrick Stevenson invites readers to investigate and reflect on issues about the status and function of the German language in relation to its speakers and to speakers of other languages with which it comes into contact. In Part Two the focus shifts to the forms and functions of individual features of the language. This involves, for example, identifying features of regional speech forms, analysing similarities and differences between written and spoken German, or looking at the 'social meaning' underlying different forms of address. Part Three explores the relationship between the German language and the nature of 'Germanness'. It concentrates on people's attitudes towards the language, the ways in which it is changing, and their views on what it represents for them.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415129855
(246mm x 174mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 22-May-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Language Ideologies, Policies and Practices, Hardback (December 2005)
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Language and German Disunity, Paperback (December 2002)» View all books by Patrick Stevenson
This book explores the much contested concept of Germanness from a contemporary sociolinguistic perspective, tracing continuities and discontinuities in the development of Germany as a speech community from the formal division in the aftermath of the Second World War to the uncomfortable and problematic unity of the present day.
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