Standard Languages and Multilingualism in European History

Matthias Hüning | Freie Universität Berlin
Ulrike Vogl | Freie Universität Berlin
Olivier Moliner | Freie Universität Berlin
ISBN 9789027200556 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027273918 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This volume explores the roots of Europe's struggle with multilingualism. It argues that, over the centuries, the pursuit of linguistic homogeneity has become a central aspect of the mindset of Europeans. In its extreme form, it became manifest in the principle of 'one language, one state, one people'. Consequently, multilingualism came to be viewed as an undesirable aberration. The authors of this volume approach the relationship between standard languages and multilingualism from a historical, cross-European perspective. They provide a comprehensive overview of the emergence of a standard language ideology and its intricate relationship with matters of ethnicity, territorial unity and social mobility. They explain for different European language areas in what ways the emergence of standard languages had an impact on multilingual policies and practices. Its comparative approach makes this volume an important resource for linguists, researchers from different philologies and social historians.
[Multilingualism and Diversity Management, 1] 2012.  ix, 339 pp.
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“This is a well executed and edited book on an important and growing field of research. The publisher and the series editors (Anne-Claude Berthoud, François Grin and Georges Lüdi) must be praised for this welcome addition to the already rich offering by John Benjamins. We cannot but look forward impatiently for new titles in the series.”
“The volume is both comprehensive and ambitious in its attempt to cover vast periods of time, as well as moving from the centre to the margins of Europe. It offers a comprehensive overview of European linguistic history for the more general student of European languages, although some chapters do require a more theoretical sociolinguistic knowledge. Most significantly, however, the volume represents an important resource for both researchers in historical linguistics and those studying contemporary European language practices and policies, by offering a strong justification for the need to pay considerable attention to the specific historical background. In particular, the volume demonstrates the historically contingent and culturally bounded nature of standard languages, thus effectively challenging many of our contemporary assumptions about language and multilingualism.”
“This is a useful volume for scholars and students whose interests converge on the linguistic history and current sociolinguistic account of standard language ideology in Europe. The volume is methodical in its approach to the subject matter, and is careful to include case studies that are representative of a pan-European standard language culture. The overarching aims are also well addressed, the authors successfully highlighting that standard language ideology must necessarily be viewed as both socially conditioned and historically contingent.”
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CFDM: Bilingualism & multilingualism

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