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Standardising English

Norms and Margins in the History of the English Language

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Standardising English
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This path-breaking study of the standardisation of English goes well beyond the traditional prescriptivism versus descriptivism debate. It argues that the way norms are established and enforced is the result of a complex network of social factors and cannot be explained simply by appeals to power and hegemony. It brings together insights from leading researchers to re-centre the discussion on linguistic communities and language users. It examines the philosophy underlying the urge to standardise language, and takes a closer look at both well-known and lesser-known historical dictionaries, grammars and usage guides, demonstrating that they cannot be simply labelled as 'prescriptivist'. Drawing on rich empirical data and case studies, it shows how the norm continues to function in society, influencing and affecting language users even today.
Release date NZ
July 31st, 2018
Contributors
Edited by Diana Lewis Edited by Linda Pilliere Edited by Valerie Kerfelec Edited by Wilfrid Andrieu
Pages
250
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
ISBN-13
9781316641590
Product ID
26881876

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