Demokratische Sprache zwischen Tradition und Neuanfang
Am Beispiel des Grundrechte-Diskurses 1948/49
[The Language of Democracy between Tradition and Renewal in Germany. With specific reference to the basic rights debate 1948/1949.]
Series:Reihe Germanistische Linguistik 186
Aims and Scope
The book looks into the connections between language and democracy in the sphere of political communication and political vocabulary in Germany between the end of the National Socialist dictatorship and the foundation of the Federal Republic. From the overarching perspective of the relation between tradition and renewal of the language of democracy in post-war Germany, the study sets out first to investigate traditions of ideological diction since the first democratic assembly in St. Paul's Church in 1848, going on to examine the breaks with these traditions evidencing themselves in the Weimar Republic and the Nazi era and grounded in the history of German politics in the period in question. The other major concern is to identify and locate the inception of the modern-day political idiom in the Federal Republic in language-historical terms. Analyses of varieties of political dialogue and the political vocabulary show that after 1945 political communication took up traditional existing modes, whereas a break with tradition and a new start is discernible in the lexical/semantic field.