What are the features of young people’s written and spoken communication? How is youth language situated in the context of multilingualism and language contact? What influence does communication in the new media have on the language use? What are the characteristics of the public discourse about youth language? In the three categories «language use and linguistic skills», «language use and identity», and «youth languages as global and local phenomena» these and other questions are discussed and new research perspectives are revealed. Moreover, the book is not only a documentation of the current state of affairs of German youth language research, but it also gives an insight into international research into the language of young people (in 15 European, American, and African countries altogether).
I Sprachgebrauch und Sprachkompetenz / Language use and linguistic skills
I Sprachgebrauch und Sprachkompetenz Language use and linguistic skills Spricht die Jugend eine andere Sprache? Neue Antworten auf alte Fragen Christa Dürscheid/Eva Neuland (Zürich/Wuppertal) Abstract The paper's title cites the question set in a 1982 competition by the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung (German Academy for Language and Literature). The first part focuses on this central issue, providing an account of answers given by linguistic research in youth languages up to the present. In addition to this, it will consider various questions that still remain unanswered, along with new questions that have arisen in the course of research (Christa Dürscheid). Reviewing the development of the academic discussion on youth languages in relevant publications and conference proceedings over this period, the second part of the paper (Eva Neuland) gives a brief resum6 of the major phases in the history of research in this field. Although many detailed studies have been published on key characteristics and functional modalities of youth language, important questions concerning definition of the subject matter as well as its theory and methodology have been left largely unsolved in the Background. Furthermore, the ongoing differentiation and internationalization of research, as well as the changing communication habits and practices of young people, have given rise to new questions that should feature more systematically in future research. Fragen über Fragen (Christa Dürscheid) la Die Preisfrage der Akademie Der Titel des vorliegenden Beitrags ist angelehnt an eine Frage, die in eben dieser Formulierung schon einmal, vor...
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