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The Position of the German Language in the World

1st Edition

By Ulrich Ammon


696 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138717657
pub: 2019-08-21
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The Position of the German Language in the World focuses on the global position of German and the factors which work towards sustaining its use and utility for international communication.

From the perspective of the global language constellation, the detailed data analysis of this substantial research project depicts German as an example of a second-rank language. The book also provides a model for analysis and description of international languages other than English. It offers a framework for strengthening the position of languages such as Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish and others and for countering exaggerated claims about the global monopoly position of English. This comprehensive handbook of the state of the German language in the world was originally published in 2015 by Walter de Gruyter in German and has been critically acclaimed.

Suitable for scholars and researchers of the German language, the handbook shows in detail how intricately and thoroughly German and other second-rank languages are tied up with a great number of societies and how these statistics support or weaken the languages’ functions and maintenance.

Table of Contents

A. The German Language between National Interests and Global Communication: Terminology and Theory

B. ‘German language’, ‘German-language territory’: what these terms include and exclude, and the question of a German ethnic group

C. Speaker numbers and economic strength of German

D. German as official language of state

E. German as minority language, but not official language of state

F. German in international business communicationG. German for international scientific and academic communication

H. German in Diplomacy and the European Union (EU)

I. German in Media and Language Arts outside the German-Language Territory

J. German as a foreign language (GFL) outside the German official-language territory

K. Policies for promoting the German language in the world

About the Author

Ulrich Ammon is Professor of German Linguistics with sociolinguistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He has taught at universities all over the world, including: The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA; in Australia at the University of Sydney, Australian National University in Canberra; in Japan at Dokkyo University, Soka; and in Austria at Vienna University. Ammon is a member of several scientific organizations and was President of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (GAL) from 2003-2006. He has been involved in many third-party projects funded by the German Research Foundation, the Volkswagen Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, European Union and the German Academic Exchange Service. His main research interests are: sociolinguistics, language policy, international language research, variation linguistics and dialectology.

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