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Title: Standardization
Subtitle: Studies from the Germanic languages
Edited By: Nicola McLelland
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT_235
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 235

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.

Table of Contents

Nicola McLelland and Andrew R. Linn vii


Standardization and social networks: The emergence and diffusion of
standard Afrikaans
Ana Deumert 1

Dutch orthography in lower, middle and upper class documents in
19th-century Flanders
Wim Vandenbussche 27

Standard German in the 19th century? (Counter-) evidence from the private
correspondence of ‘ordinary people’
Stefan Elspass 43

On the importance of foreign language grammars for a history of standard
Nils Langer 67

Norms and standards in 16th-century Swedish orthography
Alexander Y. Zheltukhin 83


Emerging mother-tongue awareness: The special case of Dutch and German in
the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period
Luc de Grauwe 99

Two hundred years of language planning in Belgium
Jetje De Groof 117

Political inflections: Grammar and the Icelandic surname debate
Kendra Willson 135

Standardization, language change, resistance and the question of linguistic
threat: 18th-century English and present-day German
Peter Hohenhaus 153


The standardization of Luxembourgish
Gerald Newton 179

Language planning in Norway: A bold experiment with unexpected results
Arthur O. Sandved 191

‘Democratic’ and ‘elitist’ trends and a Frisian standard
Anthonia Feitsma 205

Yiddish: No state, no status • no standard?
Ane Kleine 219

Standardization processes and the mid-Atlantic English paradigm
Marko Modiano 229
Index 253

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Afrikaans
Frisian, Western
Frisian, Northern
Frisian, Eastern
Norwegian Bokmål
Dutch, Middle
German, Middle High
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027247471
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii, 258 p
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588113663
ISBN-13: 9781588113665
Pages: xii, 258 p
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