Linguistic Purism in the Germanic Languages

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This volume deals with linguistic purism in its many realizations. In particular, the articles look at the relationship of purism to historical prescriptivism (e.g., the influence of grammarians in the 17th and 18th centuries), to nationhood (e.g., the instrumentalising of purism in the standardisation of Afrikaans or Luxembourgish), to modern society (e.g., the existence of puristic tendencies in computer chatrooms), to folk linguistics (e.g., lay perceptions of different varieties of English), and to academic linguistics (e.g., the presence of puristic notions in the historiography of German or English).

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"[...] a very useful collection of studies [...]"The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies, 2007 "Insgesamt präsentiert der Sammelband eine gelungene Mischung an Themen und Ansätzen."Christian Efing in: Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik 2/2006
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783110183375
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Series: Studia Linguistica Germanica Series, #75
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Nils Langer is a Lecturer in German Linguistics at the University of Bristol, UK. Winifred Davies is a Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, UK.

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Table of Contents

An introduction to linguistic purism 1
Language norm and language reality : effectiveness and limits of prescriptivism in new high German 20
Taming thistles and weeds amidst the wheat : language gardening in nineteenth-century flanders 46
Bad language in Germany's past - the birth of linguistic norms in the seventeenth century? 62
The revolutionary argumentative pattern in puristic discourse : the Swabian dialect in the debate about the standardization of German in the eighteenth century 85
A comparative study of linguistic purism in the history of England and Germany 97
Linguistic purism in German-speaking Switzerland and the Deutschschweizerischer Sprachverein 1904-1942 110
Language nationalism in the Schiller commemoration addresses of 1859 124
Standard Afrikaans and the different faces of 'pure' Afrikaans in the twentieth century 144
Reimagining the nation : discourses of language purism in Luxembourg 166
On the role of language ideologies in linguistic theory and practice : purism and beyond 188
Elements of traditional and 'reverse' purism in relation to computer-mediated communication 205
Once an Ossi, always an Ossi : language ideologies and social division in contemporary Germany 221
'The grand daddy of English' : US, UK, New Zealand and Australian students' attitudes towards varieties of English 240
Linguistic purism from several perspectives : views from the 'secure' and the 'insecure' 252
Dialect and written language : change in dialect norms in the history of the German language 263
Investigating puristic attitudes in France : folk perceptions of variation in standard French 282
"Caution is not always the better part of valour" - purism in the historiography of the German language 302
Some effects of purist ideologies on historical descriptions of English 324
Usefulness and uselessness of the term Fremdwort 343
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