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Palgrave Studies in Languages at War

Languages and the First World War: Communicating in a Transnational War

Editors: Walker, Julian, Declercq, Christophe (Eds.)

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This book examines language change and documentation during the First World War. With contributions from international academics, the chapters cover all aspects of communicating in a transnational war including languages at the front; interpretation, translation and parallels between languages; communication with the home front; propaganda and language manipulation; and recording language during the war. This book will appeal to a wide readership, including linguists and historians and is complemented by the sister volume Languages and the First World War: Representation and Memory which examines issues around the representation and memory of the war such as portrayals in letters and diaries, documentation of language change, and the language of remembering the war.                                             

About the authors

Julian Walker is an educator at the British Library, an artist and writer. His books on language include Discovering Words, Team Talk: Sporting Words and their Origins and Trench Talk: Words of the First World War.

Christophe Declercq is a lecturer in translation (University College London, UK and University of Antwerp, Belgium) who has been working on Belgian refugees in Britain for well over a decade. On the subject, he has spoken widely at conferences in both Britain and Belgium, has worked with the BBC and VRT (Belgian television) and manages several social media outlets.                                                                                 

Reviews

                    
“The First World War has long been recognised as possessing exceptional interest as an example of how social and political upheaval can transform linguistic practice. The editors of these two volumes deserve congratulation for assembling an international team of scholars and for publishing a fascinating collection of new and important research. For anyone interested in the subject at any level, Languages and the First World War: Communicating in a Transnational War will be an essential starting point.” (David Stevenson, Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Declercq, Christophe (et al.)

    Pages 1-21

  • ‘The … “parlez” is not going on very well “avec moi”’

    Cowman, Krista

    Pages 25-43

  • ‘We did not speak a common language’

    Fogarty, Richard S.

    Pages 44-61

  • Habsburg Languages at War

    Scheer, Tamara

    Pages 62-78

  • Fritz and Tommy

    Doyle, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 79-97

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55029-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Languages and the First World War: Communicating in a Transnational War
Editors
  • Julian Walker
  • Christophe Declercq
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Languages at War
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55030-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137550309
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55029-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 279
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