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Fischer, Gero. 1978. Bemerkungen zum 'Sprachtod'. Sprache und Herrschaft 1 : 7–26.
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Linguistics, esp. sociolinguistics cannot really deal with its subject adequately without taking into account socio-political dimensions. The article contains critical comments on some approaches in which language death is treated from a purely structuralistic viewpoint as the decline and decomposition of a language system (loss of rules, destabilisation). Loss of structures results in, and is a consequence of loss of pragmatic flexibility and functional versatility, i.e. communicative competence.