Language Variation on Czech Television
By Tora Hedin
Stockholm Slavic Studies, No. 29
Almqvist & Wiksell
238 pages, Illustrated, 5 ½” x 9”
$79.50 Paper Original
This study examines different aspects of language variation in contemporary Czech television discourse. The modern Czech language is characterized by a specific linguistic situation in which speakers must choose between two varieties - Standard Czech (SC) and Common Czech (CC). This choice depends on a number of linguistic, cultural, social and other factors. Television discourse, which is a mixture of prepared and unprepared speech, provides a good opportunity to study the distribution of these varieties and their function. The aim of the dissertation is to research these issues in talk shows and discussion programs.
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