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Linguistic Authority, Language Ideology, and Metaphor: The Czech Orthography Wars (Language, Power and Social Process [LPSP]) Paperback – 16 Jul 2007


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton (16 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3110188260
  • ISBN-13: 978-3110188264
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.4 x 23 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,810,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[...] this is a most valuable case study."
Andrew M. Drozd in: Slavic and East European Journal 3/2008

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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 of this book are, it: is the first book to focus on this specific topic although there are other monographs on spelling reform; draws on author's extensive research; is suited for courses in language planning and reform, cultural studies, and history, especially that of transitional and post-communist states; and, is now available as an affordable paperback.

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