Bedřich Smetana’s Czech: Analysis of Smetana’s Czech based on the methodology of language biographies and digital corpus of his Czech correspondence Cover Image
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Jazyková biografie Bedřicha Smetany a jazyk jeho korespondence se zřetelem ke gramatickým jevům
Bedřich Smetana’s Czech: Analysis of Smetana’s Czech based on the methodology of language biographies and digital corpus of his Czech correspondence

Author(s): Lucie Rychnovská, Marek Nekula
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Western Slavic Languages, 19th Century
Published by: Masarykova univerzita
Keywords: historical sociolinguistics (methods); language biography; language situation; correspondence; language corpus; grammar; Bohemia of the 19th century; Bedřich Smetana;
Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with specific sources and methods of historical sociolinguistics and with the possibility of using historical language biographies to reconstruct a language situation: in this paper the specific aspects of the language situation in Bohemia of the 19th century. The paper presupposes that especially private correspondence is a prominent source for historical sociolinguistics because of its interactivity. It holds true also for the narration of language biographies introduced in the correspondence with respect to a specific addressee. The language biography method and its applicability as a method of historical sociolinguistics are demonstrated with the language biography of Friedrich/Bedřich Smetana. In the second part the paper deals with a grammatical analysis of Smetana´s received correspondence. The aim of the analysis is to show which Czech grammatical phenomena are problematic for Czech-German bilingual speakers, who began to learn standard Czech only as an adult.

  • Page Range: 99-136
  • Page Count: 38
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • Language: Czech