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LINGUIST List 18.1002

Tue Apr 03 2007

Books: Sociolinguistics: Bermel

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Linguistic Authority, Language Ideology, and Metaphor: Bermel


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Message 1: Linguistic Authority, Language Ideology, and Metaphor: Bermel
Date: 30-Mar-2007
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Linguistic Authority, Language Ideology, and Metaphor: Bermel


Title: Linguistic Authority, Language Ideology, and Metaphor
Subtitle: The Czech Orthography Wars
Series Title: (Language, Power and Social Process [LPSP] 17)
Published: 2007
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-9783110185966-1&l=E

Author: Neil Bermel
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110185966 Pages: 370 Price: Europe EURO 98.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110185966 Pages: 370 Price: U.S. $ 98.00
Abstract:

How does a country find itself 'at war' over spelling? This book focuses on
a crucial juncture in the post-communist history of the Czech Republic,
when an orthographic commission with a moderate reformist agenda found
itself the focus of enormous public controversy.

Delving back into history, Bermel explores the Czech nation's long
tradition of intervention and its association with the purity of the
language, and how in the twentieth century an ascendant linguistic school -
Prague Functionalism - developed into a progressive but centralizing
ideology whose power base was inextricably linked to the communist regime.
Bermel looks closely at the reforms of the 1990s and the heated public
reaction to them. On the part of language regulators, he examines the
ideology that underlay the reforms and the tactics employed on all sides to
gain linguistic authority, while in dissecting the public reaction, he
looks both at conscious arguments marshaled in favor of and against reform
and at the use, conscious and subconscious, of metaphors about language.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Czech (ces)

Written In: English (eng )

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