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Historische Texte der DDR aus der Perspektive des linguistic turn

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  • Geschichte
  • Literatur
  • Rhetorik
  • Literaturwissenschaft
  • History
  • Literature
  • Rhetoric And Criticism
  • Allgemeine Geschichte
  • Literaturwissenschaft
  • Sprachwissenschaft
  • Linguistik
  • General History
  • Science Of Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Ddr
  • Ddr-Forschung
  • Sprache
  • Sprachwandel
  • Historische Analyse
  • Geschichtswissenschaft
  • Text
  • Textanalyse
  • Kommunikation
  • Sed
  • Marxismus-Leninismus
  • Erz√§hlung
  • Ideologie
  • Linguistik
  • Auswirkung
  • Diktatur
  • Weltanschauung
  • Politischer Einfluss
  • Diskurs
  • Rhetorik
  • German Democratic Republic (Gdr)
  • Gdr Research
  • Language
  • Language Change
  • Historical Analysis
  • Science Of History
  • Text
  • Text Analysis
  • Communication
  • Socialist Unity Party Of Germany (Gdr)
  • Marxism-Leninism
  • Narrative
  • Ideology
  • Linguistics
  • Impact
  • Dictatorship
  • Political Influence
  • Discourse
  • Rhetoric
  • Historisch
  • Theorieanwendung
  • Historical
  • Theory Application
  • Communication
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science


"Though the second German state existed only four decades, it was well on its way to developing an odd language of its own, not immediately understandable to a Western audience. Inspired by the linguistic turn, this article attempted to analyze the effect of this separation of speech on historical research. To begin with, GDR publications used a different vocabulary which was characterized by a kind of double-speak, a noticeable difference between official declarations and personal communications. There was a clean hierarchy with political pronouncements in the lead, ideological transmission texts in the middle and actual daily usage following behind. The SED version of Marxism-Leninism created a new master narrative of German history, led by the working class and culminating in the creation of the GDR which had the effect of creating a public norm. This mixture of ideology, Soviet phrases and party-speak constrained methodological innovation and also led to the swift disappearance of this style after 1989." (author's abstract)

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