Variation in German: A Critical Approach to German Sociolinguistics by Stephen BarbourVariation in German: A Critical Approach to German Sociolinguistics by Stephen Barbour

Variation in German: A Critical Approach to German Sociolinguistics

byStephen Barbour, Patrick Stevenson

Paperback | May 25, 1990

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This book, which examines the interrelations of language and society in German-speaking countries, is the most detailed account of German sociolinguistics to appear in English. Topics covered include the history and development of the German language, German as a minority language, traditional dialects, the influence of English on German, and German in the East and West. It will appeal to undergraduates and postgraduates whose background is in German but who have little or no previous knowledge of linguistics, and it has also been designed to be accessible to students and researchers in linguistics who have little or no knowledge of German, since all examples are translated.
Title:Variation in German: A Critical Approach to German SociolinguisticsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:324 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:May 25, 1990Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521357047

ISBN - 13:9780521357043


Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The historical background; 3. The German tradition of dialectology; 4. Language and society: urban speech, urbanization and 'new dialectology'; 5. Sociolinguistic variation and the continuum of colloquial speech; 6. Standard and non-standard German: their rôle in society; 7. Language in multilingual societies: the Federal Republic and Switzerland; 8. Contact and conflict; 9. Conclusions and prospects.

Editorial Reviews

"...bring[s] a valuable multidimensional approach on a diachronic palette to the study of linguistic variation in German....I rather expect that Barbour and Stevenson will establish themselves as a regular entry on many graduate program reading lists." Craig W. Nickisch, German Studies Review