The German-Speaking World is an accessible textbook that offers students the opportunity to explore for themselves a wide range of sociolinguistic issues relating to the German language and its role in the world.

This new, second edition has been fully revised to reflect the many political and social changes of the last 20 years including the impact of technology on language change. It continues to combine text with practical exercises and discussion questions to stimulate readers to think for themselves and to tackle specific problems.

Key features of this book:

  • Informative and comprehensive: covers a wide range of current issues
  • Practical: contains a variety of graded exercises and tasks plus an index of terms
  • Topical and contemporary: deals with current situations and provides up-to-date illustrative material
  • Thought-provoking: encourages students to reflect and research for themselves

The German-Speaking World is the ideal textbook for undergraduate students who have a sound practical knowledge of German but who have little or no knowledge of linguistics or sociolinguistics.

part 1|38 pages

The position of German in the world

chapter 1|13 pages


Language, people, place

chapter 2|11 pages

Language and national identity

part 2|82 pages

Aspects of German in use

chapter 4|14 pages

Regional variation

chapter 5|11 pages

Standard German

chapter 7|14 pages

New styles of spoken German

chapter 8|11 pages

Mediated language

chapter 9|19 pages

Linguistic landscapes

part 3|36 pages

Sociolinguistic controversies

chapter 10|11 pages

Linguistic purism

chapter 11|12 pages

Language and education

chapter 12|11 pages

Language and citizenship