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Über die Unmöglichkeit, die Sprache zu Pflegen

Otto Nüssler
Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik
50. Jahrg., H. 1 (1983), pp. 22-34
Published by: Franz Steiner Verlag
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40501782
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

The author starts this contribution on Sprachpflege (cultivation of language) with a discussion on the positive and negative connotations of the word "effort". He feels that his own efforts in this field have been positive. - It is difficult to define the term Sprachpflege satisfactorily. The author points out the recent change "conservation" to "improvement", the shift in emphasis from communication between two partners to the individual member of a linguistic community. He points to the danger of Sprachpflege still being seen as a fight against linguistic impurity (e. g. foreign words). In order to define Sprachpflege the author suggests finding answers to the following questions: 1) What is the cultivation of language for? - 2) Who practises it? - 3) What principles should it have? - 4) Is it successful? - 5) How is it to be judged? The author points out the many connotations of Pflege in German (compare the different German-English dictionary translations). He concludes that Sprachpflege has indeed changed its meaning and points out that the concept is more important than the word.

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