2: Foundations of Language Standardization

Ásta Svavarsdóttir & Guðrún Þórhallsdóttir (Reykjavík)

Language standardization and standard languages have attracted considerable attention in sociolinguistics (cf. Daumert and Vandenbussche (2003) for a comparative overview of the Germanic languages, and Kristiansen and Coupland (2011) on the current situation in Europe). This workshop will adress language standardization and its foundations from different perspectives. Papers on the linguistic, sociolinguistic, pragmatic and ideological foundations of standard languages, and of the process of standardization are welcome. We seek presentations of diachronic as well as synchronic studies, and on the development and interrelation of linguistic and sociolinguistic change and the prevailing language attitudes and ideology in the community.