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Sociolinguistic Transition in Former Eastern Bloc Countries

Two Decades after the Regime Change

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Edited By Marián Sloboda, Petteri Laihonen and Anastassia Zabrodskaja

This volume offers empirical perspectives on the current sociolinguistic situations in former Eastern Bloc countries. Its seventeen chapters analyse phenomena such as language choice, hierarchies and ideologies in multilingualism, language policies, minority languages in new legal, educational, business and migratory contexts, as well as the position of English in the region. The authors use various methodological approaches – including surveys, discourse analyses, descriptions and analyses of linguistic landscapes, and ethnography – in order to deal with sociolinguistic issues in eight countries and seven regions, from Brandenburg, Germany, in the West to Sakhalin, Russia, in the East.

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Marián Sloboda - Transition to super-diversity in the Czech Republic: its emergence and resistance

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Marián Sloboda

Transition to super-diversity in the Czech Republic: its emergence and resistance

1 Introduction

The term ‘super-diversity’ gained exceptional popularity across disciplines of humanities and social sciences, including sociolinguistics, soon after its introduction into the academic discourse by Steven Vertovec (2007). By ‘super-diversity’ Vertovec intended to attract the attention of scholars and policy makers to unprecedented social diversification resulting from present-day mobility and new patterns of migration:

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