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Where have all the linguists gone? The position of Linguistics in British German Studies from the mid-19th century until 2000

Jaworska, S. (2009) Where have all the linguists gone? The position of Linguistics in British German Studies from the mid-19th century until 2000. In: Pfalzgraf, F. (ed.) Englischer Sprachkontakt in den Varietäten des Deutschen = English in contact with varieties of German. Österreichisches Deutsch Sprache der Gegenwart (12). Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, pp. 13-34. ISBN 9783631581322

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Abstract/Summary

Retrospectively, Linguistics - understood as a scientific study of language - has been an important part of British German Studies. In fact, the establishment of modern language as academic disciplines in the UK is closely related to the Germanic philology and the interest in the history, and structure of languages. However, over the last few decades, a demise of Linguistics in the departments of modern languages has been observed. The aim of this paper is to survey the position of linguistic research and teaching in the discipline of German Studies in the UK. To begin with, I will give a brief account of the history of linguistic/ language studies in the discipline. Subsequently, the current position of Linguistics in research and teaching will be scrutinised. Finally, this paper will discuss the importance of linguistic insights for the discipline of German Studies, with particular reference to teaching.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Modern Languages and European Studies > German
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
ID Code:37179
Uncontrolled Keywords:History of Linguistics, Great Britain, German Studies
Publisher:Peter Lang

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