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Language and German Disunity: A Sociolinguistic History of East and West in Germany, 1945-2000

Patrick Stevenson


This book investigates the history of national disunity in Germany since the end of the Second World War from a linguistic perspective: what was the role of language in the ideological conflicts of the Cold War and in the difficult process of rebuilding the German nation after 1990? The first part of the book explores the ways in which the idea of ‘the national language’ contributed to the political tensions between the two German states and to the different social experiences of their citizens. It begins by showing how the modern linguistic conflict between east and west in Germany has its ro ... More

Keywords: national disunity, Germany, Cold War, national language, modern linguistic conflict, national identity, GDR, unification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198299707
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299707.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Stevenson, author
University of Southampton
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