Constructing Languages

Norms, myths and emotions

| University of Girona, ISIC-IVITRA
| Institut d'Estudis Catalans, University of Girona, ISIC-IVITRA
ISBN 9789027240194 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027266637 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
As language historians we believe that the subject of our study is neither natural languages nor idiolects which speakers have always been able to develop individually (loosely what Chomsky calls L-i), but rather the social constructions of reference shared by all speakers (basically what Chomsky terms as L-e ). In this context the language historian essentially studies how a public L-e is built such that it can be understood as the language of all (i.e. hiding L-i variations) and also how L-e succeed in replacing the primary reality of idiolects, even if only in the imagination.

Writing represents a crucial turning point in language construction, because it made it possible to materialize the abstraction that, until then, related speakers could only guess and besides it comes into competition with individual languages.

In modern centuries, the provision of grammars, dictionaries and other such learning tools and systematizing instruments strengthens the idea that, because of their normative character, languages can be learned through study. Mythical stories encourage the achievement of prescriptive rules and lead speakers to link emotions to their language. Therefore, the topics of reflection that we want to discuss in this volume are: Norms, Myths and Emotions related to language construction.
[IVITRA Research in Linguistics and Literature, 13]  2016.  vii, 416 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Languages as a construction: An enlightening perspective
Francesc Feliu and Josep Maria Nadal
I. Rules to linguistic delimitation
El idioma, construcción social e ideológica de la lengua / Language, social and ideological construction of the tongue
Alfredo Álvarez
Tra imperi e leggerezza: l’italiano lingua illustre? / Among empires and lightness: Italian, illustrious language?
Francesco Bruni
The Spanish Quarter of Naples: The dynamics of language innovation and persistence between linguistic uses and metalinguistic reflections
Emma Milano
Le lingue, ponti o frontiere? Appunti sulla Sicilia linguistica / Languages, bridges or borders? Notes on linguistics Sicily
Mari D’Agostino
La construcció de la norma cancelleresca catalana / The construction of standard chancellery Catalan
Antoni Ferrando
Codification and prescription in linguistic standardisation: Myths and models
Wendy Ayres-Bennett
The importance of prescriptivism in the development of “schemes for respelling” in 18th century pronouncing dictionaries
Véronique Pouillon
Els discursos sobre la llengua literària en la Renaixença valenciana / Discourses on literary language in the Valencian Renaissance
Rafael Roca Ricart
Anàlisi del discurs de la Gramàtica catalana (1933), de Pompeu Fabra / Discourse analysis of Pompeu Fabra's Catalan Grammar (1933)
Joan Costa Carreras
II. The myths and the authenticity of languages
Le mythe de la langue mère / The myth of the mother tongue
Sylvian Auroux
Language myths and the historiography of French
R. Anthony Lodge
Modern Greek: Founding myths, reform and prescription matters in 19th century
Petros Diatsentos
Nommer l’ennemi: la “question de la langue” en Grèce et les termes désignant les variétés linguistiques / Naming the enemy: the “language issue” in Greece and the terms denoting linguistic varieties
Rea Delveroudi
The role of narrative in shaping the semantic structure of certain expressions that belong to terminology as to one of the most important lexical groups: On the etymology of the Serbo-Croatian common designations for “Artemisia’s plants”
Maja Kalezic
Mitos de decadencia lingüística en la historia del neerlandés. Una exploración sociolingüística de la lengua en Flandes en los siglos xviii y xix / Myths of language decadence in Dutch history. A sociolinguistic exploration of language in Flanders in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
Rik Vosters
L’humanista Bernardí Gómez Miedes (1515-1589) i la percepció de la llengua catalana / The humanist Bernardí Gómez Miedes (1515-1589) and the perception of Catalan language
Vicent Josep Escartí
De llengües, mites i emocions al xix català: el mite de la llengua del cor? / Language, myths and emotions in nineteenth-century Catalan: The myth of the language of the heart?
Jordi Ginebra
III. Language emotions
Factors emocionals en la formació de teories lingüístiques: el cas romànic / Emotional factors in the formation of linguistic theories: The Romanic case
Joan Mascaró
“El valencià no se pedrà mai”: la manipulació mediàtica de les emocions col·lectives en l’anticatalanisme valencià durant la transició (1976-1982) / “El valencià no se pedrà mai”: Media manipulation of collective emotions in Valencian Anti-Catalanism during the Transition (1976-1982)
Miquel Nicolàs
La representació nord-catalana de la llengua: entre refús del patuès i llengua de segona / The representation of Northern Catalan language: Between patois rejection and second-class language
Alà Baylac
Amor, emoció i artifici de la llengua catalana a la Catalunya del Nord avui / Love, emotion and artifice of Catalan language in Northern Catalonia today
Joan Peytaví
El parlant multilingüe davant la llengua, el parlant monolingüe davant les llengües: a propòsit de dues autobiografies lingüístiques / The multilingual speaker facing language, the monolingual speaker facing languages: Two linguistic autobiographies
Narcís Iglésias
“La « construction des langues » justement, est un sujet audacieux qui va audelà des définitions habituelles de la langue [...] Cet ouvrage s’attaque aux émotions, aux mythes et aux normes qui participent à la reconnaissance des langues et à la définition de ce qu’est réellement une langue pour les spécialistes comme pour tous les usagers.”
“Most authors of this book are very well-known specialists, who provide renewed knowledge about the history of European languages. [...] Very little work could be found in the same vein, and there is no doubt that the book will impulse new dimensions in the study of languages.”
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