Language Standardization and Language Change

The dynamics of Cape Dutch

| Monash University
ISBN 9789027218575 (Eur) | EUR 110.00
ISBN 9781588114921 (USA) | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027295798 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
Language Standardization and Language Change describes the formation of an early standard norm at the Cape around 1900. The processes of variant reduction and sociolinguistic focusing which accompanied the early standardization history of Afrikaans (or ‘Cape Dutch’ as it was then called) are analysed within the broad methodological framework of corpus linguistics and variation analysis. Multivariate statistical techniques (cluster analysis, multidimensional scaling and PCA) are used to model the emergence of linguistic uniformity in the Cape Dutch speech community. The book also examines language contact and creolization in the early settlement, the role of Afrikaner nationalism in shaping language attitudes and linguistic practices, and the influence of English. As a case study in historical sociolinguistics the book calls into question the traditional view of the emergence of an Afrikaans standard norm, and advocates a strongly sociolinguistic, speaker-orientated approach to language history in general, and standardization studies in particular.
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Table of Contents
List of figures
List of tables
Introduction: Standardization, language standards and standard languages
I. History
1. Afrikaans sociohistorical linguistics: Reconstructing language formation
2. Afrikaner nationalism and the discovery of the vernacular
3. The Corpus of Cape Dutch Correspondence and the social context of language use in the nineteenth century
II. Variation analysis
4. On the analysis of variability and uniformity: An introduction to multivariate clustering techniques
5. The gradualness of morphosyntactic change
6. Morphological and syntactic variation
7. The Cape Dutch variety spectrum: Clusters, continua and patterns of language alternation
III. Establishing the norm
8. Engels, Engels, alles Engels : Language contact, conflict and purism
9. Social networks and the diffusion of standard Afrikaans
Epilogue: Language standardization and language change
Appendix: The Corpus of Cape Dutch Correspondence
“Deumert has tackled a very difficult subject and done a very good job with it. The book is well written and the analysis is careful and persuasive. This book is well worth the time and effort necessary to read it.”
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