7239 -- EKSNER, H. JULIA

Ghetto ideologies, youth identities and stylized Turkish German. Turkish youths in Berlin-Kreuzberg
(Spektrum 91)
Berlin: Lit Verlag 2006
126 pp., Euro 14.90; ISBN 3-8258-8841-X
Keywords: Turks in Germany, young immigrants, minorities" codes, codes of minorities, immigrants" codes, identity and codes, metalinguistic symbols

##This monograph explores the language ideologies and linguistic practices of a group of working class German Turkish males during the late 1990s. The author shows with ethnographic detail that Germany"s infamous "kanak sprak" is actually only one of several codes available to this group of immigrant youths, and is used consciously and intentionally. Based on eight months of fieldwork this study [shows] how in the creation of this new code a metalinguistic symbol of identity is created, and how it is used to index collective group identity.##