LINGUIST List 32.2711

Fri Aug 20 2021

FYI: Virtual Public Talk ''Austrian German or German in Austria? On a problem case, since 1848, in the history of academic inquiry''

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <everettlinguistlist.org>



Date: 18-Aug-2021
From: Stefan Dollinger <stefan.dollingerubc.ca>
Subject: Virtual Public Talk ''Austrian German or German in Austria? On a problem case, since 1848, in the history of academic inquiry''
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Virtual ASciNA Talk
"Österreichisches Deutsch oder Deutsch in Österreich? Über einen Problemfall, seit 1848, der Wissenschaftsgeschichte"
"Austrian German or German in Austria? On a problem case, since 1848, in the history of academic inquiry"
Talk in German, with a 5-minute introduction in English and references, in English, for further reading
August 25th, 2021
10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern / 19:00h MEZ
Speaker: Prof. Stefan Dollinger, University of British Columbia, Canada

Zoom Link will be provided after registration on the online event page (click "Access the event").
Register here: http://tinyurl.com/OeDeutsch

Do we speak Austrian German or German in Austria? Though the answer is quite clear, German Studies would beg to differ. The case of “German” is synthesized in Dollinger's new general-interest book [in German], which follows the logic: if academia fails to produce results, the speakers of the varieties must be informed. The idea seems to be working, as this fact-based, funny, even cheeky book not only shows how *not* to use millions of public research funding these past few decades, but above all why the concept of a Standard Austrian German would finally need to be implemented in German Studies, teacher education and in Austrian schools without ands, ifs and buts, and free from linguistic inferiority complexes. The book’s success, going through three editions in as many months months, suggests that public success may be of relevance in the social sciences, underscored by a congratulatory note from the Austrian president Alexander van der Bellen.

The case of Austrian Standard German - which is what Austrian scholars speak when they give lectures in German - shows that the Humanities and Social Sciences cannot work without theory and that, without social theory, one may drift off into historical and German-nationalist discourse, which otherwise would have little influence today. The lecture also shows how empirical approaches do not necessarily turn out to be “modern” or cutting-edge and that, on the contrary, they are reminiscent of ideas from the 1880s and may manifest themselves in indirect ways today via the way how we conceptualize the German language.


Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): German (deu)


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