The Discourse of the Bulgarian University Associations in Germany

Pavlina Sivova

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria


The Discourse of the Bulgarian University Associations in Germany

The community of the Bulgarian university students is a part of the growing up in the last decade “academic” migration. The ongoing Ph.D. study investigates the regular relationship between “academic” migration and linguistic change, and draws on a corpus of recorded interviews as well as on the spontaneous speech of a large number of informants. A comparative analysis of the websites of the Association has been carried out too.

The paper presents a research on the speech of Bulgarian university students living in Germany and is based on a fieldwork carried out in 2004, 2006 and 2007. The prior research suggested that the Bulgarian students use Bulgarian in a restricted area of situations - mostly in informal setting, serving as identification. We attempt to show that the establishment of the Associations of the Bulgarian university students in Germany and maintaining the web sites of these Associations increase the range of opportunities to use Bulgarian language. How can language choice and attitudes towards this choice contribute to the identity construction of the Bulgarian university student (a European citizen) in Germany (EU territory)?

Session: POSTERS: Focus on interaction, discourse, media, professional settings
Friday, April 4, 2008, 12:45-15:45
room: foyer