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176 pages | 55 B/W Illus.
The German-Speaking World is an accessible textbook that offers students the opportunity to explore for themselves a wide range of sociolinguistic issues relating to the German language and its role in the world.
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:
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.
Part one The Position of German in the World
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
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