Standardization: Studies from the Germanic Languages

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Andrew Robert Linn, Nicola McLelland
John Benjamins Publishing, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 258 pages
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This volume presents fourteen case studies of standardization processes in eleven different Germanic languages. Together, the contributions confront problematic issues in standardization which will be of interest to sociolinguists, as well as to historical linguists from all language disciplines. The papers cover a historical range from the Middle Ages to the present and a geographical range from South Africa to Iceland, but all fall into one of the following categories: 1) shaping and diffusing a standard language; 2) the relationship between standard and identity; 3) non-standardization, de-standardization and re-standardization.
  

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Contents

Dutch orthography in lower middle and upper class
27
Standard German in the 19th century? Counter evidence from
43
On the importance of foreign language grammars
67
Norms and standards in 16thcentury Swedish orthography
83
STANDARD AND IDENTITY
99
Two hundred years of language planning in Belgium
117
Grammar and the Icelandic surname debate
135
Standardization language change resistance and the question
153
The standardization of Luxembourgish
179
Democratic and elitist trends and a Frisian standard
205
No state no status no standard?
219
Index
253
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