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Title: Germanic Language Histories 'from Below' (1700-2000)
Edited By: Stephan Elspaß
Nils Langer
Joachim Scharloth
Wim Vandenbussche
Series Title: Studia Linguistica Germanica 86

Focusing on the sociolinguistic history of Germanic languages, the current
volume challenges the traditional teleological approach of language
historiography. The 30 contributions present alternative histories of ten
"big" as well as "small" Germanic languages and varieties in the last 300
years. Topics covered in this book include language variation and change
and the politics of language contact and choice, seen against the
background of standardization processes of written and oral text genres and
from the viewpoint of larger sections of the population.

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Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Afrikaans
Frisian, Eastern
Norwegian Nynorsk
Language Family(ies): Germanic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110193350
Pages: 520
Prices: Europe EURO 98.00
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