Publication details [#2507]

Bermel, Neil. 2007. Linguistic Authority, Language Ideology, and Metaphor: The Czech Orthography Wars. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter . 400 pp.
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Book – monograph
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How does a country find itself 'at war' over spelling? This book focuses on the linguistic history of a nation at the crossroads of Europe. Bermel explores the way various factors - including linguistic theory, cultural authority, political ideology in the communist and post-communist era, and a long tradition of language intervention - contributed in the late twentieth century to the formation of two diamectrically opposing mindsets about Czech spelling and orthographic reform in general. The shifting power bases and strategies of the various players in the early 1990 receives a full treatment, as does the conscious and unconscious manipulation of metaphors about language and language planning in these struggles. (Publisher Book Description)