Edited by Goro Christoph Kimura and Lisa Fairbrother
[Studies in World Language Problems 7] 2020
► pp. 159–176
Chapter 8. Processes of language codification
The case of the standardization of German pronunciation
In order to establish a standard variety of language, its norms are more often than not codified in a linguistic code such as in a dictionary of orthography, pronunciation and so on. In this study, codification processes of standard varieties of German pronunciation will be explored by means of the author’s Language Codification Cycle Theory (LCCT). This theory focuses on the management of standard varieties of a language through the codification and realization of certain linguistic forms of model speakers or writers in formal settings. This chapter will illuminate the processes of management underlying standard varieties, categorize the managed linguistic forms and consider their validity in formal settings in German-speaking countries. LCCT can be applied to the analysis and clarification of the processes of language standardization in terms of codification at any level of language structure, such as pronunciation and orthography. Making use of this, we can analyze the interrelation of management at the macro and micro levels, which is one of the important topics in Language Management Theory (LMT).