Cultural and Linguistic Revitalization of a Specific German Ethnic Group - Key Study from Slovakia
The article discusses the influence of macro-social processes and issues of assimilation, acculturation, ethnic and linguistic revitalization on the example of one particular group of German woodsmen in the social context of Western Slovakia. It attempts to analyse how historical and political changes during the 20th century influenced changes in the structure, system of values and hierarchy of ethnic group and whether that helped or prevented the assimilation of the group’s members. The article also attempts to indicate the possibilities of today’s ethnic and linguistic revitalization.
Index Terms - German ethnic group, linguistic anthropology, minority culture, revitalization, Slovakia