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).
List of Contributors
Birte Arendt, M. A., is a researcher at the Department of German Philology at the University of Greifswald, focussing on Low German. Her research interests are: language attitudes, Low German, gender studies, conversation analysis, discourse theory, sociolinguistics, language politics. Isabelle Buchstaller, PhD, is a visiting professor at Stanford University. From January 2006 onwards, she will be a lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Her main interests are: variationist sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, globalization and grammaticalization. Milog Chovan, M. A., is head of the chair of German Studies at the University of St. Cyrill and Method in Trnava (Slovakia). His research interests are: stylistics, sociolinguistics (mainly interactional sociolinguistics and discourse analysis), ethnographic analysis of the communicative behaviour of young people, lexicology, and translatology. Zrinka üoraU, Mag. Phil., is a researcher at the Department of German Studies at the University of Biha. (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Since 2004, she has been a member of the European Society of Phraseology and Paremiology »Europhras«. Research interest: Phraseology. Christa Dürscheid, Prof. Dr. phil., is professor for German Linguistics at the Department of German Studies, University of Zurich. Her research interests are: grammar, computer mediated communication, written language, didactics of language. Reinhard Fiehler, Prof. Dr. phil., is a researcher at the department of Pragmatics at the Institute of German Language (IDS) in Mannheim. His research interests are: discourse analysis, focussing mainly on the language and commu- nication of elderly people as well as on discourse and emotion; grammar of spoken language; applied discourse analysis (communicative advice and...
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