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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


Behaving toward language in the Mormon mission: the Czech case

Tamah Sherman
Published Online: 2015-01-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2014-0041


This article applies Language Management Theory/Framework to the behavior toward language observed in the missionary program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) in the Czech Republic. It analyzes data directly from the mission site, focusing on specifically the combination of the highly specific character of the missionaries' acquisition of Czech and their role as native speakers of English. It explores not only the acquisition, but also the use of the mission language, highlighting the relationship between macro structures of the church's language policy, the character of the missionaries' work in general, and language use in individual interactions. The article concludes by arguing that not only the knowledge of the local language, but also the acquired orientation to the local sociolinguistic situation and communicative practices are what enable the missionaries to do their work.

Keywords: Language Management Theory/Framework; LDS church; missionaries; proselyting/proselytizing; Czech

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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 33–57, ISSN (Online) 1613-3668, ISSN (Print) 0165-2516, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2014-0041.

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