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The contributions to this volume explore eleven key developments in the external history of the German language, that is, the combination of social, political and cultural circumstances which influenced the language and its speakers. Some of these `landmarks' are individuals or groups of people who have exerted influence over the language: Charlemagne, Luther, the early modern grammarians and lexicographers. Others are studies of particular periods, places or groups which have not found their place in more narrative accounts: standardisation in the nineteenth century, the role of Low German, the state of German at the Stunde Null in 1945. An overarching theme is the role of deliberate intervention in the development of German, whether it took the form of education, prescriptivism, purism or political manipulation. The essays, a number of which were originally delivered as lectures in the University of Cambridge and all of which are by specialists in the field, combine to provide a history of the German language in its social context.
"This volume is recommended for all those interested in the language-external factors and forces involved in the evolution of the German language. The papers are of uniformly high quality and offer insights from a wide range of viewpoints." (Shannon A. Dubenion-Smith, Zeitschrift fur Dialektologie und Linguistik LXXX, 2013/1)
Series: Britische und Irische Studien zur deutschen Sprache und Literatur / British and Irish Studies in German Language and Literature
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 15th September 2009
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 15.0 x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Type: New edition