Review: Creating Languages in Central Europe During the Last Millennium" / Tomasz Kamusella. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-137-50783-9

Małgorzata Szajbel-Keck, Digitale Wissenschaftsplattform Pol-Int (Www.Pol-Int.Org)
Tomasz Kamusella's name is definitely known to those interested in language politics and the relation of language to nationalist movements in Central Europe. His 1140-page monograph on that topic, published in 2009, gained positive resonance. [1] Since then he has been actively involved in research on language policy issues in that region with special attention to minority language independence movements, such as the Silesian variety in Poland. [2] Moreover, Kamusella's publications show his
more » ... p interest in how state-official languages are shaped and recognized. [3] Therefore, I was not surprised to find his monograph Creating languages in Central Europe during the last millenium which provides an overview of the rise of the multiplicity of languages in a region that might seem insignificant and small on the world scale, but which is a place of a highly convoluted history of population movements, border and power shifts, ethnic mixes and spreads of different religions; a place where dozens of language varieties from several language families meet. [4] Therefore, this 100-page monograph is by necessity only an introduction to the topic, an invitation to learn more about the linguistic history of the region.
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