The German-Speaking World : A Practical Introduction to Sociolinguistic Issues
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This new, second edition has been fully revised to reflect the many political and social changes of the last 20 years including the impact of technology on language change. It continues to combine text with practical exercises and discussion questions to stimulate readers to think for themselves and to tackle specific problems.
Key features of this book:
Informative and comprehensive: covers a wide range of current issues
Practical: contains a variety of graded exercises and tasks plus an index of terms
Topical and contemporary: deals with current situations and provides up-to-date illustrative material
Thought-provoking: encourages students to reflect and research for themselves
The German-Speaking World is the ideal textbook for undergraduate students who have a sound practical knowledge of German but who have little or no knowledge of linguistics or sociolinguistics.
- Hardback | 176 pages
- 171 x 248 x 19.05mm | 517g
- 12 Oct 2017
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- 2nd New edition
- 14 Line drawings, black and white; 31 Halftones, black and white; 9 Tables, black and white; 55 Illustrations, black and white
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Wini Davies, Aberystwyth University
This new edition presents a comprehensive view of German sociolinguistics, written in an accessible manner but containing a strong theoretical foundation. The material in this volume provides an excellent introduction for any student who wishes to understand how language contributes to the socio-political development of Europe, addressing issues of immigration, national identities, multilingualism and the role of media, and looking at both institutional practices and everyday conversation.
Janet Fuller, University of Groningen
A truly excellent resource for German sociolingui
stics. It offers a detailed, critical and scholarly account of contemporary German, with clear explanations, a rich variety of up-to-date examples, and a wealth of suggestions for in-class activities, reflective tasks and independent research projects. An ideal textbook for undergraduates, postgraduates, established scholars, and anyone with an interest in the German language today.
Geraldine Horan, University College London
This thoroughly updated and expanded second edition of the classic textbook makes it possible for those of us who teach in the area of German sociolinguistics to continue using the best book on the market without sacrificing attention to more recent world events and cutting-edge research in the field.
Jennifer Dailey-O'Cain, University of Alberta
About Patrick Stevenson
Kristine Horner is Reader in Luxembourg Studies and Multilingualism at the University of Sheffield, UK.
Nils Langer is Professor of North Frisian and Minority Research at the University of Flensburg, Germany.
Gertrud Reershemius is Professor of Linguistics and Language Contact at Aston University, UK.
Table of contents
1 German: language, people, place 2 Language and national identity 3 German in the globalised world of the twenty-first century
Part two Aspects of German in Use
4 Regional variation 5 Standard German 6 Patterns of variation and change in contemporary German 7 New styles of spoken German 8 Mediated language 9 Linguistic landscapes
Part three Sociolinguistic Controversies
10 Linguistic purism 11 Language and education 12 Language and citizenship