Standard Languages: Spoken and Written

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William Haas
Manchester University Press, 1982 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 192 pages
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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 studies by R.E. Keller, M.W.S. De Silva, T.S. Mitchell and M. Alexiou which 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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Contents

Vachek English orthography
37
J Allerton Orthography and dialect
57
R E Keller Diglossia in Germanspeaking
70
W Sugathapala De Silva Some consequences
94
T F Mitchell More than a matter of writing with
123
Margaret Alexiou Diglossia in Greece
156
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