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Zur Darstellung des Code-Wechsels im deutsch-tschechischen Sprachmilieu in der Literatur des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts

Title in English On the code-switching in the Czech-German speaking environment and its reflexion in the literaure of the 19th and 20th century


Year of publication 2003
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Königgrätzer Linguistik - und Literaturtage.
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords code-switching; bilingualism; code-mixing; German literature; Czech literature; Czech-German relations
Description Czech-German code-switching has been thematized in both Czech and German language literatures. This article analyzes code-switching cues in several instances of code-switching both in the fictional world and writer-reader communication. Concludes that Czech writers, such as Karel Poláček and Rudolf Těsnohlídek, use code-switching motives (signifying alterity) more often, e. g. in characterization, while German writers, such as Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Ferdinand von Saar, Jakob Julius David, Franz Schamann, and Rainera Marii Rilka express association with a particular language community more in the terms of names, fragments of songs, and one-word long quotations. Author claims that positive connotations of the Czech language are to a large extend limited to the works from the pre-1897 period.

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