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Type of publication: Magistro darbas / Master thesis
Field of Science: Filologija (H004) / Philology
Author(s): Engels, Farin
Title: Language-Political Concepts And Practices In German Language Promotion
Other Title: Kalbos politinės sąvokos ir praktika vokiečių kalbos skatinimo srityje
Extent: 46 p.
Date: 11-Jun-2019
Keywords: Language Promotion;Multilingualism;Germany;Language Policy;Education;Kalbų skatinimas;Daugiakalbystė;Vokietija;Kalbų politika;Švietimas
Abstract: In the Republic of Germany, language acquisition for children with a mother tongue other than German has been a widely discussed topic in educational science as well as in the public and political discourse over the last decades. This thesis examines discourse around language-political concepts and practices among stakeholders in language promotion in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Five semi-structures interviews with state employees were analyzed following a discourse analytical approach. The analysis, including a variety of frameworks from the field of Critical Discourse Analysis, focused on three main patterns: Firstly, an indication of ideological dilemmas around the prioritization of German in education, secondly, teaching methods as a subject to perspectivation and, thirdly, the evaluation of multilingualism through the discursive practice of moral evaluation. Results suggest that the examined discourse contains dilemmatic views on the importance of children's mother tongues versus the importance of German. Furthermore, multilingualism as a phenomenon in society appeared to be evaluated according to differing standards (e.g. correctness or properness). As for evaluation, the analysis indicated an additional dimension in discourse which assigns different groups of society ownership of particular languages. All in all, the collected data pointed to a diverse and ever-changing discourse in the field of language promotion in North-Rhine Westphalia. The thesis can be a springboard for thought and provides recommendations for future research on the topic which might take different structural or methodological starting points.
Affiliation(s): Lituanistikos katedra
Humanitarinių mokslų fakultetas
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