This volume seeks to extend and expand our current understanding of the processes of language standardization, drawing on both quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine how linguistic variation plays out in various ways in everyday life in Denmark. The book compares linguistic variation across three different rural speech communities, underpinned by a transversal framework, which draws upon different methodological and analytical approaches, as well as data from different contexts across different generations, and results in a nuanced and dynamic portrait of language change in one region over time. Examining communities with varying degrees of linguistic variation with this multi-layered framework demonstrates a broader need to re-examine perceptions of language standardization as a unidirectional process, but rather as one shaped by a range of factors at the local level, including language ideologies and mediatization. A concluding chapter by eminent sociolinguist David Britain brings together the conclusions drawn from the preceding chapters and reinforces their wider implications within the field of sociolinguistics. Offering new insights into language standardization and language change, this book will be of particular interest to students and scholars in sociolinguistics, dialectology, and linguistic anthropology.
Table of contents
CHAPTER 1: Introduction: Standardization as Sociolinguistic Change (Marie Maegaard)
CHAPTER 2: Patterns of Dialect Use: Language Standardization at Different Rates (Marie Maegaard and Malene Monka)
CHAPTER 3: Southern Jutland: Language Ideology as a Means to Slow Down Standardization (Malene Monka)
CHAPTER 4: Northern Jutland: Local Positioning and Global Orientation (Kristine Køhler Mortensen)
CHAPTER 5: Bornholm: the Terminal Stage of Dedialectalization (Andreas Candefors Stæhr and Anne Larsen)
CHAPTER 6: Perception, Recognition and Indexicality: Experimental Investigations of Variation in Northern Jutland, Southern Jutland and on Bornholm (Marie Maegaard and Pia Quist)
Chapter 7: Dialect in the Media: Mediatization and Processes of Standardization (Andreas Candefors Stæhr, Malene Monka, Pia Quist and Anne Larsen)
CHAPTER 8: Language Ideologies: a Key to Understanding Language Standardization (Jann Scheuer, Anne Larsen, Marie Maegaard, Malene Monka and Kristine Køhler Mortensen)
CHAPTER 9: Transversal Perspectives on Standardization as Sociolinguistic Change (Marie Maegaard, Malene Monka, Kristine Køhler Mortensen and Andreas Candefors Stæhr)
CHAPTER 10: Denmark: a perhaps unexpected dialect laboratory (David Britain)
'This book paves the way for the empirical study of standardization as sociolinguistic change using a transversal methodology, not simply by being multi-sited, or multi-methodological, but also by collecting different data types systematically in all field sites. It will prove valuable in deepening sociolinguistic understanding of language standardization in contemporary societies.'
PingPing Ge and Hang Wang, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanjing Forestry University, Language in Society