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Standardization: Studies from the Germanic Languages by Andrew R. Linn, Nicola McLelland

By Andrew R. Linn, Nicola McLelland

This quantity provides 14 case stories of standardization strategies in 11 diversified Germanic languages. jointly, the contributions confront tricky concerns in standardization with a purpose to be of curiosity to sociolinguists, in addition to to ancient linguists from all language disciplines. The papers hide a ancient diversity from the center a long time to the current and a geographical variety from South Africa to Iceland, yet all fall into one of many following different types: 1) shaping and diffusing a regular language; 2) the connection among ordinary and identification; three) non-standardization, de-standardization and re-standardization.

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To these language users, the 'war on spelling' was a non-issue. There are indications, however, that — due to the growing impact of supraregional communication — a certain need for standardization was felt in the realm of style and grammar, first among the higher and, soon afterwards, among the lower social classes. References Barton, David & Nigel Hall, eds. 2000. Letter Writing as a Social Practice. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Betten, Anne, ed. 1990. Neuere Forschungen zur historischen Syntax des Deutschen.

Spelling norms Stripped of all emotional, tactical and political elements involved (see De Groof in this volume), the controversy over the spelling of Dutch in Flanders throughout the first half of the 19th century came down to the conflict between 30 WIM VANDENBUSSCHE either adhering to Northern Dutch spelling standards or introducing specifically Flemish elements in the writing system. This discussion gained momentum after the Dutch government officially imposed Siegenbeek's model as the spelling standard for the Netherlands in 1804.

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