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Title: The Language Beyond the Wall: On the Sovietisation of the German Language in the ‘ex-DDR’ (1945-1989)
Authors: Delli Castelli, Barbara
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Barbara Delli Castelli, "The Language Beyond the Wall: On the Sovietisation of the German Language in the ‘ex-DDR’ (1945-1989)" in: "Words of Power, the Power of Words. The Twentieth-Century Communist Discourse in International Perspective", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2019, pp. 239-260
Journal: Studi di Storia
Abstract: 
In the four decades of division between the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and
the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), processes of differentiation took place on ideological,
political, economic and sociocultural levels. These processes were also reflected
in the language and autonomous linguistic development of the two nations. Despite the
many features that remained common at the level of the morphosyntactic structures, basic
vocabulary and compositional norms, the GDR, under the influence of the Russian
language and Marxist-Leninist doctrine, started to move in an autonomous direction –
above all in relation to the development of the part of the lexicon most strongly linked
to ideology. This was put into practice through a myriad of neologisms, foreignisms,
structural calques and semantic adaptations, and through the recovery of terms that
before 1933 had been used in environments related to Communism, the use of which
strongly increased in the Democratic Republic.
Type: Book Chapter
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/29367
ISBN: 978-88-5511-086-0
eISBN: 978-88-5511-087-7
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
Appears in Collections:06 Words of Power, the Power of Words. The Twentieth-Century Communist Discourse in International Perspective

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