Language Standardization and Language Change: The Dynamics of Cape Dutch

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 361 pages
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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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Contents

History
11
CHAPTER 2
45
CHAPTER 3
77
An introduction
105
CHAPTER 5
135
CHAPTER 6
146
Morpholexical and syntactic variation
179
CHAPTER 7
221
CHAPTER 8
261
CHAPTER 9
276
Language standardization and language change
297
References
315
Index
355
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