Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 4(9), pp. 2024 - 2031
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.040912
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German-Polish Borderscapes: Bordering and Debordering of Communication - An Example of Słubice

Barbara Alicja Jańczak 1,2,*
1 German-Polish Research Institute, European University Viadrina, Germany
2 Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland


Due to the fact that Germany and Poland are both members of the Schengen Treaty, the role of the political borders between these two states has been reduced to a minimum. On account of the four freedoms, debordering processes have enabled the creation of borderscapes - places of transition, where time and space interact [7] and where cultures and languages underline a cross-border hybridization [6]. The aim of this paper is to present the linguistic behavior and communication strategies of Polish inhabitants on the German-Polish borderland. It presents the partial results of the research project which is being conducted on the Polish side of the German-Polish border. The analysis is focused on the communication strategies of the inhabitants of German-Polish borderscapes (on the example of Słubice inhabitants) and aims at answering the question about bordering (with reference to language choice and use) or debordering of communication as an everyday practice in German-Polish communication.

German-Polish Borderscape, Debordering of Communication, German-Polish Communication Strategies

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Barbara Alicja Jańczak . "German-Polish Borderscapes: Bordering and Debordering of Communication - An Example of Słubice." Universal Journal of Educational Research 4.9 (2016) 2024 - 2031. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2016.040912.