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Spelling Trouble? Language, Ideology and the Reform of German Orthography Sally Johnson

Spelling Trouble? Language, Ideology and the Reform of German Orthography par Sally Johnson

Spelling Trouble? Language, Ideology and the Reform of German Orthography Sally Johnson


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Résumé

Spelling Trouble? explores the linguistic, cultural and political issues underpinning the public disputes surrounding the 1996 reform of German orthography. Sally Johnsons book will be of interest to speakers and students of German as well as sociolinguists with an interest in language politics, language planning and language ideology.

Spelling Trouble? Language, Ideology and the Reform of German Orthography Résumé

Spelling Trouble? Language, Ideology and the Reform of German Orthography Sally Johnson

In 1995 an official reform of German orthography was announced and a new set of rules for spelling and punctuation was introduced into schools between 1998 and 2005. These changes, however, unleashed a wave of public protest such that by the beginning of 1996 the question of how the German language should be written had evolved into a major judicial wrangle requiring the intervention of the Federal Constitutional Court.

In this book Sally Johnson explores the linguistic, cultural and political issues underpinning the constitutional challenge brought by various individuals and groups against the reform. Drawing on sociolinguistic theories of language ideology, Johnson critically analyses the conflicting views of language that were produced, reproduced and challenged in the course of this dispute. At the same time her book attempts to situate those ideologies, together with the dispute as a whole, within the wider historical context of state involvement in the standardisation of German orthography from the mid-19th century onwards.

Spelling Trouble? will be of interest to speakers and students of German as well as sociolinguists studying language politics, language planning and language ideology.

Spelling Trouble? Language, Ideology and the Reform of German Orthography Avis

The books concentration on the debates and legal rulings makes it especially insightful. This book will appeal not only to those focused on the German sociolinguistic situation but also to the wider readership interested in broader issues of the politics of standardization and the relationship between individuals, society, institutions, government and language.

* Helen Kelly-Holmes, Journal of Sociolinguistics 10/2, 2006 *

À propos de Sally Johnson

Sally Johnson is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Leeds. Her research interests include sociolinguistics, language politics, language and gender, and the linguistics of German. She has previously published Gender, Group Identity and Variation in the Berlin Urban Vernacular (Peter Lang, 1995), Language and Masculinity (co-edited with Ulrike Hanna Meinhof Blackwell, 1997) and Exploring the German Language (Arnold, 1998).

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Acknowledgements
1. Introduction to the 1996 Reform of German Orthography
2. Historical Background
3. Linguistic Details
4. The Constitutional Challenge
5. The 1996 Reform as Language Ideological Debate
6. The Trouble with Spelling? Discussion and Conclusions
Bibliography
Index

Informations supplémentaires

GOR009724662
9781853597848
1853597848
Spelling Trouble? Language, Ideology and the Reform of German Orthography Sally Johnson
Occasion - Très bon état
Broché
Channel View Publications Ltd
2005-03-07
216
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