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Language, Discourse and Identity in Central Europe
 
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Language, Discourse and Identity in Central Europe
The German Language in a Multilingual Space
 
 
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30 Apr 2009
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Central Europe has always been a highly multilingual region but how has this been affected by the social and political transformations of the last 20 years? The German language in particular has long played a key role in processes of identification here: but what role is the relationship between German and other languages playing today in the reshaping of societies and communities in this rapidly changing region? How is this relationship articulated in discourses on language and language ideologies? How is it manifested in individual repertoires and social practices? How is it determined by social and cultural policies? How is it exploited in the construction of European identities?

These are just some of the questions addressed in this book, in which individual studies explore language practices in the multilingual contact zones of central Europe and the impact of both past and present migrations. Analysing a wide range of sources from media texts to language biographies and from business meetings to salsa classes, the authors demonstrate the local effects of global processes and some of the many ways in which language figures in contemporary social change.


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Central Europe has always been a highly multilingual region but how has this been affected by the social and political transformations of the last 20 years? The German language in particular has long played a key role in processes of identification here: but what role is the relationship between German and other languages playing today in the reshaping of societies and communities in this rapidly changing region? How is this relationship articulated in discourses on language and language ideologies? How is it manifested in individual repertoires and social practices? How is it determined by social and cultural policies? How is it exploited in the construction of European identities?

These are just some of the questions addressed in this book, in which individual studies explore language practices in the multilingual contact zones of central Europe and the impact of both past and present migrations. Analysing a wide range of sources from media texts to language biographies and from business meetings to salsa classes, the authors demonstrate the local effects of global processes and some of the many ways in which language figures in contemporary social change.


Reviews

'The linguistic landscape of Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries consists of a complex web of protecting and oppressing minority languages, creating and abolishing nation states and national languages, and shifting political and linguistic borders and boundaries to expand some territories and to render invisible others. This fascinating volumes contains some 12 chapters each dealing with case studies on the use of language(s) in the creation of community and individual identity, drawing on evidence from language contact situations which go beyond the typical textbook accounts of, say, German linguistic enclaves in Hungary. Instead, studies of new areas such as the use of German as a foreign language in Poland, German immigrant literature in Romania and German theatre in Poland, as well as the language of business communication in international companies in the Czech Republic, provide a real advancement for our understanding of multinational space(s). At a time when Europe is still dominated by the tension between monolingual nation states and a recent openness and acceptance that minority and regional communities (and their languages) deserve proper recognition, including e.g. the drive to a greater EU whilst at the same time strengthening (or even creating) regions, this book offers genuine insights into the complexities of the political, cultural, and educational importance of language for the identity of the citizens of Central Europe. This book shows a deep understanding of the historical issues, covers a broad range of case studies from leading European researchers, and addresses the questions of today by offering answers which will still be important tomorrow.' - Nils Langer, Reader in German Linguistics, University of Bristol, UK

 
'This impressively wide-ranging and well-informed study presents up-to-date perspectives on matters of significance not only for linguists...but also for scholars with a more general interest in multilingual policy in the European Union.' - Slovo A Slovesnost, Czech Republic


Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Central Europe as a Multilingual Space; J.Carl& P.Stevenson
PART I: LANGUAGE AND EUROPEAN IDENTITIES: CENTRE AND PERIPHERY
Discourses about Enlarged and Multilingual Europe: Perspectives from German and Polish National Public Spheres; M.Krzyżanowski
PART II: BORDER CROSSINGS
The German Language in Poland: The Eternal Foe and the Wars on Words; S.Jaworska
'Die Härteste Sprachgrenze Europas?' Negotiating the Linguistic Divide in Theatres on the German-Polish Border; J.Wilkinson
Czech-German Relationships and Identity in a Cross-Border Region; K.Černa
Czech, German and English: Finding Their Place in Multinational Companies in the Czech Republic; J.Nekvapil& T.Sherman
PART III: MIGRATIONS PAST AND PRESENT
Changes in the Linguistic Marketplace: The Case of German in Hungary; P.Maitz& K.Sándor
Central European Time: Memories of Language – Lost and Found – In the Life Stories of German-Speakers; J.Carl& P.Stevenson
Dialect Use and Discursive Identities of Migrants from the West in Eastern Germany; J.Dailey-O'Cain& G.Liebscher
¿Hablemos El Mismo Idioma? Salsa, Multilingualism and National Monolingual Ideology; B.Schneider
Towards a Multinational Concept of Culture: Romanian German Literature in Romanian and Hungarian Literature; T.Cooper
PART IV: LANGUAGE AND EUROPEAN IDENTITIES: PERIPHERY AND CENTRE
Revisiting History: The 2007 European Capital of Culture and the Integration of Fractal Europe; K.Horner
Index


Authors

JENNY CARL is currently working as a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, UK and is co-author, with Patrick Stevenson, of Language Regimes in Central Europe.

PATRICK STEVENSON is Professor of German and Linguistic Studies at the University of Southampton, UK. His recent publications include Language and German Disunity: A Sociolinguistic History of East and West 1945-2000, Language Ideologies, Policies and Practices: Language and the Future of Europe (edited with Clare Mar-Molinero), and Testing Regimes: Critical Perspectives on Language, Migration and Citizenship in Europe (co-edited with Gabrielle Hogan-Brun and Clare Mar-Molinero).