Linguistic Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Hungary: Reconstructing a Linguistic Ideology

Maitz, Péter (2008). Linguistic Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Hungary: Reconstructing a Linguistic Ideology. Journal of Historical Pragmatics, 9(1), pp. 20-47. John Benjamins Publishing 10.1075/jhp.9.1.03mai

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Linguistic nationalism was a decisive linguistic ideology all through the nine- teenth century. Consequently, by its very nature, it determined thinking about language throughout the entire period, and thus, linguistic behavior, as well. Based on metalinguistic data, this paper attempts to reconstruct the form of exis- tence of this linguistic ideology in Hungary in the period of the Austro-Hungar- ian Monarchy (1867–1918). The author’s aim is not to explore and contrast the various prominent and less prominent individual views of the period but rather to reconstruct and explain the general, collective system of ideas and values that underlies their apparent multiplicity and which is more or less constant through- out the period at hand. The paper hence wishes to contribute to a significant and neglected domain of historical sociolinguistics, the recognition of the history of linguistic awareness.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Germanic Languages

UniBE Contributor:

Maitz, Péter


400 Language > 410 Linguistics




John Benjamins Publishing




Péter Maitz

Date Deposited:

12 Dec 2018 10:34

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 21:27

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

language ideologies; linguistic nationalism; linguistic awareness; bilingualism; language contact; language conflict; political linguistics




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