In the ten years either side of the turn of the millennium, a large number of books were published which, either in the narrower or broader sense of the term, pursued a language-critical agenda. Taking as its starting point Bastian Sick’s bestseller Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod, this paper seeks to divide up these publications systematically into various sub-groups and to establish which of the works are properly scientific and which are popular-scientific. The paper then goes on to clarify the question whether what has been announced, and indeed by Jürgen Schiewe promoted, as a trend reversal in the tense relationship between language criticism and linguistics has already taken place or whether what Zimmer has termed the “Bewertungsallergie” (allergy to value judgements) that still characterises German’s structuralist approach to linguistics continues to stands in the way of the formation, for example in the field of applied linguistics, of a linguistics-based language criticism. So far there is admittedly no evidence of true “crossovers”, or linguists venturing to write books that take a popular-scientific, language-cultivation approach. Nonetheless, there is an increasing readiness on the part of linguistics to enter into dialogue with popular language-critical circles, as witnessed by replies from the linguistics camp to Bastian Sick’s successful works (now accorded the status of schoolbooks) which have been published under the meaningful title Sick of Sick. Ein Streifzug durch die deutsche Sprache als Antwort auf den “Zwiebelfisch”.

Vom Dummdeutsch zum Schaumdeutsch. Sprachkritische Buchpublikationen als Spiegel der deutschen Sprachkritik um die Jahrtausendwende.

BÜRGER-KOFTIS, MICHAELA
2010

Abstract

In the ten years either side of the turn of the millennium, a large number of books were published which, either in the narrower or broader sense of the term, pursued a language-critical agenda. Taking as its starting point Bastian Sick’s bestseller Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod, this paper seeks to divide up these publications systematically into various sub-groups and to establish which of the works are properly scientific and which are popular-scientific. The paper then goes on to clarify the question whether what has been announced, and indeed by Jürgen Schiewe promoted, as a trend reversal in the tense relationship between language criticism and linguistics has already taken place or whether what Zimmer has termed the “Bewertungsallergie” (allergy to value judgements) that still characterises German’s structuralist approach to linguistics continues to stands in the way of the formation, for example in the field of applied linguistics, of a linguistics-based language criticism. So far there is admittedly no evidence of true “crossovers”, or linguists venturing to write books that take a popular-scientific, language-cultivation approach. Nonetheless, there is an increasing readiness on the part of linguistics to enter into dialogue with popular language-critical circles, as witnessed by replies from the linguistics camp to Bastian Sick’s successful works (now accorded the status of schoolbooks) which have been published under the meaningful title Sick of Sick. Ein Streifzug durch die deutsche Sprache als Antwort auf den “Zwiebelfisch”.
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