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Conclusions

Patrick Stevenson and Jenny Carl

in Language and Social Change in Central Europe

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748635986
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671472 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635986.003.0007
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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

Chapter.  2747 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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