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Title: Germanic Standardizations
Subtitle: Past to Present
Edited By: Ana Deumert
Wim Vandenbussche
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=Impact_18
Series Title: IMPACT: Studies in Language and Society 18

This volume presents a comparative, socio-historical study of the Germanic
standard languages (Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, English, Faroese, Frisian,
German, Icelandic, Low German, Luxemburgish, Norwegian, Scots, Swedish,
Yiddish as well as the Caribbean and Pacific Creole languages). Each of the
16 orginal chapters systematically discusses central aspects of the
standardization process, including dialect selection, codification,
elaboration and diffusion of the standard norm across the speech community,
as well as incipient processes of de-standardization and
re-standardization. The strongly comparative orientation of the
contributions allow for the identification of broad similarities as well as
intriguing differences across a wide range of historically and socially
diverse language histories. Two chapters by the editors provide an overview
of the theoretical background and rationale of comparative standardization
research, and outline directions for further research in the area. The
volume will be of interest to language historians as well as sociolinguists
in general.

Table of contents

Standard languages: Taxonomies and histories
Ana Deumert and Wim Vandenbussche 1–14
Paul T. Roberge 15–40
Caribbean Creoles
Hubert Devonish 41–67
Tore Kristiansen 69–91
Roland Willemyns 93–125
Terttu Nevalainen 127–156
Zakaris Svabo Hansen, Jógvan í Lon Jacobsen and Eivind Weyhe 157–191
Eric Hoekstra 193–209
Klaus J. Mattheier 211–244
Kristján Árnason 245–279
Low German
Nils Langer 281–301
Peter Gilles and Claudine Moulin 303–329
Ernst Håkon Jahr 331–353
Pacific Pidgins and Creoles
Peter Mühlhäusler 355–381
Marina Dossena 383–404
Ulf Teleman 405–429
Rakhmiel Peltz 431–453
Research directions in the study of language standardization
Ana Deumert and Wim Vandenbussche 455–469
Index 471–479

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Afrikaans
Frisian, Western
Frisian, Northern
Frisian, Eastern
Norwegian Bokmål
Saxon, Low
Yiddish, Eastern
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027218560
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 480 pp
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ISBN: 1588114376
ISBN-13: 9781588114372
Pages: vi, 480 pp
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