Language and Nationalism in Europe

Paperback | January 1, 2001

EditorStephen Barbour, Cathie Carmichael

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This book examines the role of language in the present and past creation of social, cultural, and national identities in Europe. It considers the way in which language politics may sometimes reinforce national identity (as in France), or sometimes tend to undermine the nation-state (as inSpain). After an introduction describing the interactive roles of language, ethnicity, culture, and institutions in the character and formation of nationalism and national identity, the book considers their different manifestations throughout Europe.This is an accessible investigation of a subject of perennial importance in European culture and politics. It will be of equal interest to political scientists, historians, and sociolinguists. Chapters by leading scholars are devoted to Britain and Ireland; France; Spain and Portugal; Scandinavia,Iceland, and Finland; the Netherlands and Belgium; Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg; Italy; Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic; Bulgaria, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Albania, Slovenia, Romania, Croatia, Macedonia, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; Greece and Turkey; theUkraine, Belarus, Moldova, the Baltic States, and the Russian Federation. The book concludes with a consideration of the relative status of the languages of Europe and how these, and the identities they reflect, are changing and evolving.

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This book examines the role of language in the present and past creation of social, cultural, and national identities in Europe. It considers the way in which language politics may sometimes reinforce national identity (as in France), or sometimes tend to undermine the nation-state (as inSpain). After an introduction describing the int...

Stephen Barbour is a lecturer in German at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. His research and teaching focus chiefly on German language and the linguistics of German, but also include sociolinguistic issues in several areas, particularly in northern Europe. His publications include Variation in German, with Patrick Stevenson (19...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:January 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199250855

ISBN - 13:9780199250851

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Table of Contents

1. Stephen Barbour: Nationalism, Language, Europe2. Stephen Barbour: Britain and Ireland: The Varying Significance of Language for Nationalism3. Anne Judge: France: 'One State, One Nation, One Language?'4. Clare Mar-Molinero: The Iberian Peninsula: Conflicting Linguistic Nationalisms5. Lars S. Vikor: Northern Europe: Languages as Prime Markers of Ethnic and National Identity6. Robert B. Howell: The Low Countries: A Study in Sharply Contrasting Nationalisms7. Stephen Barbour: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg: The Total Coincidence of Nations and Speech Communities?8. Carlo Ruzza: Language and Nationalism in Italy: Language as a Weak Marker of Identity9. Barbara Tornquist-Plewa: Contrasting Ethnic Nationalisms: Eastern Central Europe10. Cathie Carmichael: 'A People Exists and that People has its Language': Language and Nationalism in the Balkans11. Peter Trudgill: Greece and European Turkey: From Religious to Linguistic Identity12. Cathie Carmichael: Coming to Terms with the Past: Language and Nationalism in Russia and its Neighbours13. Cathie Carmichael: Conclusions: Language and National Identity in EuropeReferencesIndex

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`Review from previous edition A well-written, well-edited volume, with a wealth of information for linguists and non-linguists alike.'Linguist List 12.1554