The Silesian language in the early 21st century : A speech community on the rollercoaster of politics
MetadataShow full item record
Altmetrics Handle Statistics
Languages are made and unmade, as nations are. The vagaries of history and politics that create the fluctuating framework in which human groups exist, influence these groups’ thinking about their own speech. Over the course of history Upper Silesia’s Slavophones (a group who, in the modern period, were predominantly bilingual in German) were divided up at different times between Prussia, Austria (that is, the Habsburg lands), Germany, Czechoslovakia (today, the Czech Republic) and Poland, and they had to adapt to these changes. During the last two centuries, with the rise of ethnolinguistic nationalism in Central Europe, it meant either accepting a dominant ethnolinguistic national identity, complete with its specific standard language (especially in the dark period of authoritarianisms and totalitarianism between 1926 and 1989), or inventing a Silesianness, frequently buttressed by the concept of a Silesian language. Against this backdrop, the article considers the emergence of the Silesian (regional, ethnic, national?) movement during the last two decades, with the main focus on efforts to standardize Silesian and have it recognized as a language in its own right.
Kamusella , T D 2013 , ' The Silesian language in the early 21st century : A speech community on the rollercoaster of politics ' , Die Welt der Slaven , vol. 58 , no. 1 , pp. 1-35 .
Die Welt der Slaven
Items in the St Andrews Research Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Kamusella, Tomasz (Narodowa Oficyna Śląska, 2016) - Book
Kamusella, Tomasz Dominik (2018-12-18) - Journal articleAll the world’s ‘big’ languages of international communication (for instance, English, French or Spanish) are pluricentric in their character, meaning that official varieties of these languages are standardized differently ...
Kamusella, Tomasz (2022-02-16) - Journal articleNiemieckie zaniechania [The German Minority Leadership's Resignations from Securing this Monority's Cultural and Linguistic Rights in Postcommunist Poland]. 2022. Wachtyrz. 16 Feb. https://wachtyrz.eu/tomasz-kamusella-ni ...