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International Journal of the Sociology of Language

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Ed. by Duchêne, Alexandre / Coulmas, Florian

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Volume 2015, Issue 232


Spracherhalt als Prozess: Elemente des kirchlichen Sprachmanagements bei den katholischen Sorben

Goro Christoph Kimura
Published Online: 2015-01-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2014-0040


In contrast to language shift, language maintenance appears to be a static phenomenon. Yet this article displays language maintenance as a process, applying the Language Management Theory. On the ground of a case study at a Catholic Sorbian parish in eastern Germany, the study shows that the Sorbian language is maintained in the church through numerous minute interventions at different levels. The findings suggest that the actual process of language maintenance and shift is much more complex than the conventional dualism of “top-down” vs. “bottom-up” assumes. It is argued that in order to get a more reliable understanding of how language maintenance and shift is attained, it is necessary to pay due attention to the interplay of various processes between and within simple and organized management.

Keywords: language maintenance; language management; Sorbian; Catholic church

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Published Online: 2015-01-30

Published in Print: 2015-03-01

Citation Information: International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Volume 2015, Issue 232, Pages 13–32, ISSN (Online) 1613-3668, ISSN (Print) 0165-2516, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2014-0040.

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