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Title: Standard Languages and Multilingualism in European History
Edited By: Matthias Hüning
Ulrike Vogl
Olivier Moliner
Series Title: Multilingualism and Diversity Management 1

This volume explores the roots of Europe's struggle with multilingualism. It
argues that, over the centuries, the pursuit of linguistic homogeneity has
become a central aspect of the mindset of Europeans. In its extreme form, it
became manifest in the principle of 'one language, one state, one people'.
Consequently, multilingualism came to be viewed as an undesirable aberration.
The authors of this volume approach the relationship between standard
languages and multilingualism from a historical, cross-European perspective.
They provide a comprehensive overview of the emergence of a standard
language ideology and its intricate relationship with matters of ethnicity,
territorial unity and social mobility. They explain for different European language
areas in what ways the emergence of standard languages had an impact on
multilingual policies and practices. Its comparative approach makes this volume
an important resource for linguists, researchers from different philologies and
social historians.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027273918
Prices: U.S. $ 149.00
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027200556
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Europe EURO 104.94
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