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ERIC Number: EJ912037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
Chaos and Standards: Orthography in the Southern Netherlands (1720-1830)
Rutten, Gijsbert; Vosters, Rik
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v29 n3-4 p417-438 Nov 2010
This paper discusses metalinguistic discourse and orthographical practice in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in the southern Netherlands ("Flanders"). Whereas a lot is known about Dutch language standardization in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, what happened after that, especially in the southern territories, is still partly uncharted territory. This contribution will examine and challenge the myths of language decline and linguistic chaos that are often associated with eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Flanders. The authors show that there was a vivid and coherent normative tradition, especially on the level of orthography, and that even a case of apparent orthographical disorder, such as the so-called accent spelling, can be counted as an instance of language standardization in the eighteenth-century southern Netherlands.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands