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The pluricentricity debate : on Austrian German and other Germanic standard varieties

Author: Stefan Dollinger
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, [2019]
Series: Routledge focus on linguistics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book unpacks a 30-year debate about the pluricentricity of German. It examines the concept of pluricentricity, an idea implicit to the study of World Englishes, which expressly allows for national standard varieties, and the notion of "pluri-areality," which seeks to challenge the former. Looking at the debate from three angles - methodological, theoretical, and epistemological - the volume draws on data from  Read more...
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Dollinger, Stefan.
Pluricentricity debate.
New York, NY : Routledge, [2019]
(DLC) 2019010839
(OCoLC)1089478943
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stefan Dollinger
ISBN: 9780429031496 0429031491 9780429631795 0429631790 9780429633287 0429633289 9780429630309 0429630301
OCLC Number: 1102593036
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: List of tables --
List of illustrations --
Preface --
Acknowledgements --
Terminological note --
1. The problem --
2. Standardizing German: Concepts and background --
3. The international pluricentric model --
4. The German "pluri-areal" model --
5. The case against pluricentricity --
6. The case against "pluri-areality" --
7. The lynchpin: Speaker attitudes --
8. Examples: Trends, not categoricity --
9. Safeguards in the modelling of standard varieties --
10. Bibliography --
General index.
Series Title: Routledge focus on linguistics.
Responsibility: Stefan Dollinger.

Abstract:

This book unpacks a 30-year debate about the pluricentricity of German. It examines the concept of pluricentricity, an idea implicit to the study of World Englishes, which expressly allows for national standard varieties, and the notion of "pluri-areality," which seeks to challenge the former. Looking at the debate from three angles - methodological, theoretical, and epistemological - the volume draws on data from German and English, with additional perspectives from Dutch, Luxembourgish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian, to establish if and to what degree "pluri-areality" and pluricentricity model various sociolinguistic situations adequately. Dollinger argues that "pluri-areality" is synonymous with "geographical variation" and, as such, no match for pluricentricity. Instead, "pluri-areality" presupposes an atheoretical, supposedly "neutral", data-driven linguistics that violates basic science-theoretical principles. Three fail-safes are suggested - the uniformitarian hypothesis, Popper's theory of falsification and speaker attitudes - to avoid philological incompatibilities and terminological clutter. This book is of particular interest to scholars in sociolinguistics, World Englishes, Germanic languages and linguists more generally.

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