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Language, Power and Social Process [Lpsp] #17: Linguistic Authority, Language Ideology, and Metaphor: The Czech Orthography Wars

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How does a country find itself 'at war' over spelling? This book focuses on the linguistic history of a nation at the crossroads of Europe. Bermel explores the way various factors ¿ including linguistic theory, cultural authority, political ideology in the communist and post-communist era, and a long tradition of language intervention ¿ contributed in the late twentieth century to the formation of two diametrically opposing mindsets about Czech spelling and orthographic reform in general. The shifting power bases and strategies of the various players in the early 1990s receives a full treatment, as does the conscious and unconscious manipulation of metaphors about language and language planning in these struggles.

Book News Annotation:

Focusing on the controversy that rocked the Czech Republic in 1993- 94, Bermel (U. of Sheffield) examines changes to spelling, the people who are involved in them, and their social and historical contexts. He hope the case study using material unfamiliar to English readers will illuminate the same disputes that go on every day in every language community that uses a written form of communication. With few exceptions, he does not include the Czech original of quotations. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9783110185966
Publisher:
Walter de Gruyter
Subject:
Linguistics
Author:
Bermel, Neil
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Series:
Language, Power and Social Process [Lpsp]
Series Volume:
17
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
369

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