Standard Languages: Spoken and Written

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William Haas
Manchester University Press, 1982 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 192 pages
In this volume, Dr. Haas brings together studies on the powerful trend toward linguistic standardization, viewing it as an essential feature of the life of a language and of the work of grammarians. J. Vachek examines the distinctive function of written norms and D.J. Allerton considers how the same norm may serve different dialects. The book also includes four studiesˇby R.E. Keller, M.W.S. De Silva, T.S. Mitchell and M. Alexiouˇwhich review present conditions in Switzerland, Ceylon, the Arabic- speaking Middle East and Greece and deal with the problems, linguistic and social, that arise from an imposition of written and spoken standards on divergent vernaculars.

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Preface Page
J Vachek English orthography
J Allerton Orthography and dialect
R E Keller Diglossia in Germanspeaking
W Sugathapala De Silva Some consequences
T F Mitchell More than a matter of writing with
Margaret Alexiou Diglossia in Greece

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