Divided Languages?

Diglossia, Translation and the Rise of Modernity in Japan, China, and the Slavic World

  • Judit Árokay
  • Jadranka Gvozdanović
  • Darja Miyajima

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Diglossia and Functional Variation

  3. Linguistic Awareness and Changing Perceptions of Varieties

  4. Diglossia and Translation

About this book


The present volume is a collection of papers presented at the international conference “Linguistic Awareness and Dissolution of Diglossia” held in July 2011 at Heidelberg University. The aim is to reevaluate and compare the processes of dissolution of diglossia in East Asian and in European languages, especially in Japanese, Chinese and in Slavic languages in the framework of the asymmetries in the emergence of modern written languages. Specialists from China, Japan, Great Britain, Germany and the U.S. contributed to the volume by introducing their research focusing on aspects of the dissolution of diglossic situations and the role of translation in the process. The first group of texts focuses on the linguistic concept of diglossia and the different processes of its dissolution, while the second investigates the perception of linguistic varieties in historical and transcultural perspectives. The third and final group analyses the changing cultural role and function of translations and their effect on newly developing literary languages.


Dissolution of Diglossia Heidelberg Disglosia Language Awareness Modern Written Languages Modernization Translation

Editors and affiliations

  • Judit Árokay
    • 1
  • Jadranka Gvozdanović
    • 2
  • Darja Miyajima
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für JapanologieUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Slavisches InstitutUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.Slavisches InstitutUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03520-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03521-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-656X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-6578
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