The German Language and the Real World: Sociolinguistic, Cultural, and Pragmatic Perspectives on…

Paperback | July 1, 1997

EditorPatrick Stevenson

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This collection of specially commissioned essays focuses on the forms, functions, and uses of contemporary German in the period of dynamic change following reunification. Some contributors address broad issueslanguage and national identity, the status of German as an international language,language change and attempts to fix the form of the language, and sociolinguistic variationwhile others examine topics of particular significance in the current sociopolitical climate. These include social change and linguistic variation in Berlin after the Wall, the political language of the Rightand Left, the speech of youth subcultures, language and gender, language and television, and language in intercultural communication. Reviews of the hardback edition `This volume fills a void in up-to-date English-language information on German linguistics. Highly recommended for all college and university collections, as well as public libraries.' Choice, 33: 3, November 1995 `The appearance of this collection is timely. . .it updates us on important, immediate issues affecting German language and society' `. . .while this work will be appreciated most by those focusing on sociolinguistics in the German-speaking context, those searching for comparative sociolinguistic material will find it a valuable source as well.' `All in all, Stevenson has organized an interesting and useful volume for Germanophile sociolinguists and for those interested in a multidimensional real German.' Language Learning, 46:1, March 1996

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This collection of specially commissioned essays focuses on the forms, functions, and uses of contemporary German in the period of dynamic change following reunification. Some contributors address broad issueslanguage and national identity, the status of German as an international language,language change and attempts to fix the form o...

Patrick Stevenson is at University of Southampton.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:428 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:July 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Patrick Stevenson: The Study of Real Language: Observing the ObserversUlrich Ammon: To What Extent is German an International Language?Florian Coulmas: Germanness: Language and NationWolfgang Werner Sauer and Helmut Gluck: Norms and ReformsHelmut Gluck and Wolfgang Werner Sauer: Directions of Change in Contemporary GermanHelmut Schonfeld and Peter Schlobinski: After the Wall: Social Change and Linguistic Variation in BerlinNorbert Dittmar: Theories of Sociolinguistic Variation in the German ContextMartina Rost-Roth: Language in Intercultural CommunicationRuth Wodak: Critical Linguistics and the Study of Institutional CommunicationSiegfried Jager: Political Discourse: The Language of Right and Left in GermanySylvia Moosmuller: Evaluation of Language use in Public Discourse: Language Attitudes in AustriaMarlis Hellinger: Language and GenderPeter Schlobinski: Jugendsprachen: Speech Styles of Youth SubculturesWerner Holly: Language and Television

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This volume is mainly a collection of syntheses of previous research in different areas, and as such it does succeed at providing the reader with an overview of how German and Austrian scholars of sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis analyze the 'German language in the realworld'. / Jennifer Dailey-O'Cain, University of Alberta, and Rosina Lippi-Green, Western Washington University, American Journal of German Linguistics and Literatures, Vol 10, no 1, 1998