A Treasure of Hidden Language Varieties and their Meaning in Karl May's Popular Novel Der Schatz im Silbersee

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Abstract

This article demonstrates how Karl May systematically applies several stylistic devices to represent the diverse linguistic environment of America in his western novel, Der Schatz im Silbersee. This system, it is argued, supports, though not always consistently, May's agenda of promoting good characters over bad, making the text more authentic, and helping German readers identify with the characters.

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