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Language Contact Around the Globe

Proceedings of the LCTG3 Conference

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Edited By Amei Koll-Stobbe and Sebastian Knospe

The fifth volume in the series Language Competence and Language Awareness in Europe unites a collection of peer-reviewed papers delivered at the Third Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization (LCTG3) at the University of Greifswald in 2011. The papers are arranged in five thematic sections: Part I studies lexical and grammatical borrowing and pseudo-loans. Part II looks at code-switching and language intertwining in different contexts, while Part III is concerned with the power, political backup and use of different languages in multilingual settings. This is followed by Part IV which comprises three articles on the Linguistic Landscapes of different urban areas. Finally, Part V focuses on language choices in literature and institutional settings.
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Birte Arendt (University of Greifswald): Language ideology of the European Union under a critical perspective: the example of the Regional Language Low German

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Language ideology of the European Union under a critical perspective: the example of the Regional Language Low German

Birte Arendt

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The purpose of this paper is to critically investigate European language policy based on the European Charta by referring to the example of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the endeavours which are made to promote the use of Low German. To analyze the language ideology of the European Union, I will adopt a metadiscursive stance. I will particularly scrutinize the consequences of the goals laid down in the Charta, comparing reality and intended goals while also including the opinions of laymen.

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