Linguistic Authority, Language Ideology, and Metaphor: The Czech Orthography Wars

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Walter de Gruyter, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 369 pages
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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 receive a full treatment, as does the conscious and unconscious manipulation of metaphors about language and language planning in these struggles.

Key features:

  • There are other monographs on spelling reform, but this is the first book to focus on this specific topic.
  • Draws on author's extensive research.
  • Suited for courses in language planning and reform, cultural studies, and history, especially that of transitional and post-communist states. 
  • Now available as an affordable paperback.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Orthographic reform and language planning
1
Chapter 2 Standard Czech in its social and linguistic setting
34
Chapter 3 Spelling reform in Czech 14001900
82
Chapter 4 Spelling reform in Czech 19001980
107
Chapter 5 Czech orthographic reform 19801994
151
Issues and debates
178
Chapter 7 Debating linguistics authority and legitimacy
214
Chapter 8 Metaphors and the conceptualization of language
262
Chapter 9 Conclusions
292
Notes
301
References
340
Index
365
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Neil Bermel, University of Sheffield, UK.

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