Novedad bibliográficaInfoling 3.65 (2017)

Título:Prescription and Tradition in Language
Subtítulo:Establishing Standards across Time and Space
Autores/as:Tieken-Boon van Ostade, Ingrid; Percy, Carol
Año de publicación:2016
Lugar de edición:UK
Editorial:Multilingual Matters
DescripciónThis book contextualises case studies across a wide variety of languages and cultures, crystallising key interrelationships between linguistic standardisation and prescriptivism, and between ideas and practices. It focuses on different traditions of standardisation and prescription throughout the world and addresses questions such as how nationalistic idealisations of ‘traditional’ language persist (or shift) amid language change, linguistic variation and multilingualism. The volume explores issues of standardisation and the sociolinguistic phenomenon of prescription as a formative influence on the notional standard language as well as the interconnections between these in a wide range of geographical contexts. It balances the otherwise strong emphasis on English in English language publications on prescriptivism and breaks new ground with its multilingual approach across languages and nations. The book will appeal to scholars working within different linguistic traditions interested in questions relating to all aspects of standardisation and prescriptivism.


This volume shows how much we gain in our understanding of standardization and standard languages by looking at a wide range of languages over time, in monolingual and, importantly, multilingual cultures. No matter what language you study, papers here will challenge your thinking about theory and methods and how prescription works in today’s world.

Anne Curzan, University of Michigan, USA

Authors biography

Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade is Professor and Chair of English Sociohistorical Linguistics at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. Her research focuses on sociohistorical linguistics, standardisation and prescriptivism, Late Modern English, 18th and 19th-century letter writing, and Jane Austen’s language.

Carol Percy is Professor of English at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her main research interests are Late Modern English, standardisation and prescriptivism, history of education, women’s studies, and children’s literature.

1 Prescription and Tradition: Establishing Standards across Time and Space
Carol Percy and Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

Part 1: General and Theoretical

2 Defining ‘Standard’: Towards a Cross-cultural Definition of the Language Norm
Dick Smakman and Sandra Nekesa Barasa

3 Prescriptivism and Writing Systems
Florian Coulmas

4 ‘What is Correct Chinese?’ Revisited
Henning Klöter

5 The Uselessness of the Useful: Language Standardisation and Variation in Multilingual Contexts
Felix K. Ameka

6 Prescriptivism and Sociolinguistic Competence in German as a Foreign Language
Katja Lochtman

Part 2: Prescription and Tradition

7 Prescriptivism in a Comparative Perspective: The Case of France and England
Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

8 ‘A Higher Standard of Correctness than is Quite Desirable’: Linguistic Prescriptivism in Charles Dickens’ Journals
Rita Queiroz de Barros

9 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Competing Language Norms in the Southern Low Countries (1815-1830)
Gijsbert Rutten and Rik Vosters

10 The Syntax of Others: ‘Un-Icelandic’ Verb Placement in 19th- and Early 20th-Century Icelandic
Heimir van der Feest Viðarsson

11 School Grammars and Language Guides: Prescriptivism in the German Language Codex in the Early 20th Century
Dominik Banhold

Part 3: Usage Guides: An English Tradition

12 A Perspective on Prescriptivism: Language in Reviews of The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage
Robin Straaijer

13 Which Items Need to be Standardised Variation in the Choice of Entries in Usage Guides
Mark Kaunisto

14 ‘Garnering’ Respect? The Emergency of Authority in the American Usage Tradition
Matthijs Smits

15 Stalwarts, SNOOTs and Some Readers: How ‘Traditional Rules’ are Traditional
Don Chapman
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Fecha de publicación en Infoling:27 de marzo de 2017

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