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Title: Standardizing Written English
Subtitle: Diffusion in the Case of Scotland, 1520-1659
Written By: Amy J Devitt

This book offers a new view of the linguistic process of standardization,
the movement of specific language features towards uniformity. Drawing on
theoretical arguments and empirical data, it examines the way in which
linguistic conformity develops out of variation, and the textual and social
factors which influence this process. After defining and clarifying the
general theoretical issues involved, Professor Devitt takes as a specific
case study the standardization of written English in Scotland in the
sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and shows that standardization is a
gradual process, that it encompasses periods of great variation and that it
occurs concurrently with sociopolitical shifts. The interrelationship of
linguistic features, genres and social pressures shapes the nature and
direction of standardization. This is a readable and accessible book which
will appeal to those involved in the study of Scots-English, and is of
importance for linguistic methodology and the study and teaching of literacy.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521024048
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 134
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