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Language and Social Change in Central EuropeDiscourses on Policy, Identity and the German Language$
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Patrick Stevenson and Jenny Carl

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635986

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635986.001.0001

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(p.202) 7 Conclusions
Language and Social Change in Central Europe

Patrick Stevenson

Jenny Carl

Edinburgh University Press

This final chapter retraces the course of the book's argument in order to show, first, how the approach necessarily relates discourses on language policy to individual narratives on linguistic practices and experiences with language; secondly how the analysis of the different representations of a particular language (German) in these discourses and narratives can provide a coherent perspective on a complex sociolinguistic environment; and thirdly how this kind of study can contribute, beyond its specific concerns, more broadly to the study of language and social change in Europe.

Keywords:   Language policy, Narrative, Linguistic practices, German language, Language and social change

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