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Language and Globalization

Language, Discourse and Identity in Central Europe

The German Language in a Multilingual Space

Editors: Carl, J., Stevenson, P. (Eds.)

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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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KATE?INA ?ERNÁ Doctoral Candidate, Department of General Linguistics, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic THOMAS COOPER is currently teaching as Associate Professor at the Károly Eszterházy University, Hungary JENNIFER DAILEY-O'CAIN Associate Professor of German Applied Linguistics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada KRISTINE HORNER Lecturer in German and Sociolinguistics, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Leeds, UK SYLVIA JAWORSKA Language Studies Coordinator in German at Queen Mary College, University of London, UK MICHAL KRZY?ANOWSKI Senior Research Fellow, Department of Linguistics, Lancaster University, UK and Assistant Professor, School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland GRIT LIEBSCHER Associate Professor of German at the University of Waterloo in Canada PÉTER MAITZ Assistant Professor at the German Department of the University of Debrecen, Hungary JI?Í NEKVAPIL Associate Professor of Linguistics, Department of General Linguistics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic KLÁRA SÁNDOR Professor of Linguistics, University of Szeged, Hungary, and a member of the Hungarian National Assembly BRITTA SCHNEIDER Research Assistant, Department of Linguistics, University of Frankfurt, Germany TAMAH SHERMAN Post-doctoral Researcher in the Department of General Linguistics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic JANE WILKINSON Lecturer in German, University of Leeds, UK

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'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


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: Central Europe as a Multilingual Space

    Stevenson, Patrick (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Discourses about Enlarged and Multilingual Europe: Perspectives from German and Polish National Public Spheres

    Krzyżanowski, Michat

    Pages 23-47

  • The German Language in Poland: the Eternal Foe and the Wars on Words

    Jaworska, Sylvia

    Pages 51-72

  • ‘Die härteste Sprachgrenze Europas?’ Negotiating the Linguistic Divide in Theatres on the German-Polish Border

    Wilkinson, Jane

    Pages 73-95

  • Czech-German Relationships and Identity in a Cross-border Region

    Černá, Kateřina

    Pages 96-121

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Language, Discourse and Identity in Central Europe
Book Subtitle
The German Language in a Multilingual Space
Editors
  • J. Carl
  • P. Stevenson
Series Title
Language and Globalization
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-24166-4
DOI
10.1057/9780230241664
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-22435-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 268
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