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Author Stevenson, Patrick, 1954-

Title Language and social change in Central Europe : discourses on policy, identity and the German language / Patrick Stevenson and Jenny Carl
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2010]


Description 1 online resource (292 pages)
Contents Cover; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; List of Tables; Transcription Conventions; 1 Introduction; 2 Discourses on language in social; 3 Sociolinguistic histories and the footprint of German in eastern central Europe; 4 Language policy discourses: interventions and intersections; 5 Language (auto)biographies: narrating multilingual selves; 6 Language ideologies: negotiating linguistic identities; 7 Conclusions; Appendix A European institutions and documents concerning language policy; Appendix B Preamble to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
Appendix C Introduction to the 2005 Commission Communication 'A New Framework Strategy for Multilingualism' Appendix D Introduction to the 2008 Commission Communication 'Multilingualism: an asset for Europe and a shared commitment'; Appendix E German and Austrian agents and institutions in foreign cultural policy; Appendix F Extract from 'Auswärtige Kulturpolitik -- Konzeption 2000'; Appendix G Extract from the Goethe-Institut's description on their website www.goethe- de: 'Leitbild des Goethe-Instituts' ('central focus of the Goethe-Institut')
Appendix H Extract from the Austrian Foreign Cultural Policy Concept -Auslandskulturkonzept NEU Appendix I Extracts from the Presentation of the 'Plattform Kultur- Mitteleuropa' (Platform Culture Central Europe) at; Appendix J Extract from the Austrian report on foreign cultural policy 'Austria Kulturint Tätigkeitsbericht 2002 Auslandskultur'; Appendix K Extract from 2001 White Paper: National Programme for the Development of Education in the Czech Republic; Appendix L Extract from 2004 Education Act of the Czech Republic
Appendix M Extract of Follow-up of the Action Plan on language learning and linguistic diversity. National Report Template EXP LG 5/2006 EN Annex FINAppendix N Extract from Hungarian 1997 Directive Concerning the Education for National Minorities, 32/1997 (5. XI.); Appendix O Extract from the Hungarian National Core Curriculum 2007; Appendix P Extract from Hungarian Follow-up of the Action Plan on language learning and linguistic diversity. National Report Template EXP LG 5/2006 EN Annex FIN [official translation]; References; Index
Summary This book explores the dynamics of language and social change in central Europe in the context of the end of the Cold War and eastern expansion of the European Union. One outcome of the profound social transformations in central Europe since the Second World War has been the reshaping of the relationship between particular languages and linguistic varieties, especially between 'national' languages and regional or ethnic minority languages. Previous studies have investigated these transformed relationships from the macro perspective of language policies, while others have taken more fine-grained approaches to individual experiences with language. Combining these two perspectives for the first time - and focusing on the German language, which has a uniquely complex and problematic history in the region - the authors offer an understanding of the complex constellation of language politics in central Europe. Stevenson and Carl's analysis draws on a range of theoretical, conceptual and analytical approaches - language ideologies, language policy, positioning theory, discourse analysis, narrative analysis and life histories - and a wide range of data sources, from European and national language policies to individual language biographies. The authors demonstrate how the relationship between German and other languages has played a crucial role in the politics of language and processes of identity formation in the recent history of central Europe
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-272) and index
Notes English, with some text in German
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Subject Social change -- Europe, Central
Language and languages -- Political aspects.
Sociolinguistics -- Europe, Central
Language policy -- Europe, Central
German language -- Political aspects -- Europe, Central -- History
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Linguistics -- Sociolinguistics.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Linguistics -- General.
German language -- Political aspects
Language and languages -- Political aspects
Language policy
Social change
Nationale Minderheit
Ethnische Identität
Sozialer Wandel
Central Europe
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
Author Carl, Jenny
ISBN 9780748635993