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Language and Social Change in Central Europe: Discourses on Policy, Identity and the German Language

Patrick Stevenson and Jenny Carl


This book explores the dynamics of language and social change in central Europe. One of the outcomes of the profound social transformations that this region has witnessed since the Second World War has been the reshaping of the relationship between particular languages and linguistic varieties, especially between ‘national’ languages and regional or ethnic minority languages. Previous studies have investigated these changed relationships from the macro perspective of language policies, while others have taken an ethnographic approach to individual experiences with language. This book brings to ... More

Keywords: Language policy, Social change, Language and identity, Central Europe, German language, Language biographies, Narrative, Multilingualism, Politics of language, Language ideologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748635986
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635986.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Stevenson, author

Jenny Carl, author

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End Matter

Appendix A European Institutions and Documents Concerning Language Policy

Appendix B Preamble to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Appendix C Introduction to the 2005 Commission Communication ‘A New Framework Strategy for Multilingualism’

Appendix D Introduction to the 2008 Commission Communication ‘Multilingualism: an asset for Europe and a shared commitment’

Appendix E German and Austrian agents and institutions in foreign cultural policy

Appendix F Extract from ‘Auswärtige Kulturpolitik – Konzeption 2000’

Appendix G Extract from the Goethe-Institut's description on their website www.goethe-de: ‘Leitbild Des Goethe-Instituts’ (‘Central focus of the Goethe-Institut’)

Appendix H Extract from the AustrianForeign Cultural Policy Concept – Auslandskulturkonzept NEU

Appendix I Extracts From the Presentation of the ‘Plattform Kultur-Mitteleuropa’ (Platform Culture Central Europe) at www.bmaa.gv.at

Appendix J Extract from the Austrian report on foreign cultural policy ‘Austria Kulturint Tätigkeitsbericht 2002 Auslandskultur’

Appendix K Extract from 2001 White Paper: National Programme for the Development of Education in the Czech Republic

Appendix L Extract from 2004 Education Act of the Czech Republic

Appendix M Extract of Follow-up of the Action Plan on language learning and linguistic diversity. National Report Template Exp LG 5/2006 EN Annex FIN

Appendix N Extract from Hungarian 1997 Directive Concerning the Education for National Minorities, 32/1997 (5.XI.)

Appendix O Extract from the Hungarian National Core Curriculum 2007

Appendix P Extract from Hungarian Follow-up of the Action Plan on language learning and linguistic diversity. National Report Template EXP LG 5/2006 EN Annex FIN [official translation]


List of Primary Documents Analysed In Chapters 3 and 4