LINGUIST List 26.4420

Wed Oct 07 2015

Books: Invisible Languages in the Nineteenth Century: Havinga, Langer (eds.)

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Date: 05-Oct-2015
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Subject: Invisible Languages in the Nineteenth Century: Havinga, Langer (eds.)
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Title: Invisible Languages in the Nineteenth Century
Series Title: Historical Sociolinguistics - Band 2
Published: 2015
Publisher: Peter Lang AG

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Editor: Anna Dorothea Havinga
Editor: Nils Langer
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034319683 Pages: 308 Price: Europe EURO 60.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034319683 Pages: 308 Price: U.K. £ 48.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034319683 Pages: 308 Price: U.S. $ 77.95

The great linguistic diversity of spoken languages contrasts greatly with the much smaller number of languages used in written discourse. Many linguistic varieties – in particular, regional and minority languages – are not deemed suitable for writing because they do not possess the necessary lexical wealth or grammatical complexity. Such prejudices are commonplace amongst non-linguists and they have their origin in the sociolinguistic history of their speaker communities.

This book focuses on the nineteenth century as the time when language became an important part of the cultural identity of speakers, communities and nations. It comprises fourteen chapters on a variety of languages and countries and seeks to explore why and how certain linguistic varieties were excluded from written discourse – in other words, why they remain invisible to contemporary readers and modern historians. The case studies in this book illustrate the factors involved in the invisibilisation of languages in the nineteenth century; the metalinguistic debates about the suppression or promotion of regional, minority and non-standard languages; and the ways in which a careful study of informal writing can visibilise the linguistic diversity of spoken languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Historical Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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