Finding a Voice: Problems of Language in East German Society and Culture

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Graham Jackman, Ian Frank Roe
Rodopi, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 278 pages
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Finding a Voice explores aspects of the use and function of language in East Germany which resulted from Party control of public discourse during the period of the German Democratic Republic. A distinctive feature of the volume, which brings together essays by British and German scholars, is the wide variety of areas which are incorporated in this survey - from political and public discourse, through aspects of sociolinguistics and the teaching of German, to a spectrum of artistic forms ranging from rock music and film to poetry and the novel. In particular, the relationship between public discourse and the events of the 'Wende' is explored in a number of contributions. Most of the works and issues considered are discussed in English here for the first time, and the volume as a whole should be of interest to scholars concerned with the GDR and with contemporary German culture, to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and also to others interested in the history and culture of Germany since 1945. Nine of the essays are in English and four in German.
 

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Contents

Finding a Voice in the GDR
1
The Opposition that Dare not Speak its Name
19
From WendishSpeaking Germans to SorbianSpeaking
39
The Wende and the Overcoming of Sprachlosigkeit?
55
Sprachlosigkeit Ost? Anmerkungen aus linguistischer Sicht
75
Philosophische
97
UUAFK
112
Deutsch als Fremdsprache
129
Art and
171
Legitimacy
191
Volkseigen ist nicht einfach ein Wort volkseigen
213
Christa Wolfs
229
Wolfgang Hilbigs
247
Abstracts
273
Language and Subversion in GDR Rock Music 145
275
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