The Languages of Nation: Attitudes and Norms (Multilingual Matters)

The Languages of Nation: Attitudes and Norms (Multilingual Matters)

By: Mary Catherine Davidson (editor), Carol Percy (editor)Hardback

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This collection brings together research on linguistic prescriptivism and social identities, in specific contemporary and historical contexts of cross-cultural contact and awareness. Providing multilingual and multidisciplinary perspectives from language studies, lexicography, literature, and cultural studies, our contributors relate language norms to frameworks of identity beyond monolingual citizenship - nativeness, ethnicity, politics, religion, empire. Some chapters focus on traditional instruments of prescriptivism: language academies in Europe; government language planners in southeast Asia; dictionaries and grammars from Early Modern and imperial Britain, republican America, the postcolonial Caribbean, and modern Germany. Other chapters consider the roles of scholars in prescriptivism, as well as the more informal and populist mechanisms of enforcement expressed in newspapers. With a thematic introduction articulating links between its breadth of perspectives, this accessible book should engage everyone concerned with language norms.

About Author

Carol Percy is Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her work on eighteenth-century normative linguistics began with Captain Cook and his editors, and women grammarians. Recent articles provide literary and cultural contexts for popular grammars, and consider prescriptive attitudes in the popular press a " book reviews and classified advertisements. Mary Catherine Davidson is Associate Professor of English at Glendon College, York University, Canada. Her book Medievalism, Multilingualism, and Chaucer (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) examined multilingual identity in the writing of Gower, Langland, and Chaucer. Her current book project charts the changing status of American English in the representation and reception of dialects and second languages in Hollywood film in the 1940s and 50s.


1. Introduction: Multidisciplinary and Multilingual Perspectives on National Language Norms - Carol Percy and Mary Catherine Davidson 2. Preface: Language, Prescriptivism, Nationalism and Identity - John Edwards Section 1. Managing Language Policies 3. William Cecil and the Rectification of English - Ian Lancashire 4. Prescribing Pastoral and Pragmatic Orientations: Challenges for Language Policy - Lionel Wee Section 2. Colonialism and Literary Canons 5. Mutual Preservation of Standard Language and National Identity in Early Modern Wales - John D. Phillips 6. "A Highly Poetical Language"? Scots, Burns, Patriotism and Evaluative Language in 19th Century Literary Reviews and Articles - Marina Dossena Section 3. Transmarine and Transatlantic Allegiances 7. Language and National Identity in 17th and 18th century England - Linda C. Mitchell 8. "A la mode de Paris": Linguistic Patriotism and Francophobia in 18th century Britain - Joan C. Beal 9. Pronouncing Dictionaries between Patriotism and Prescriptivism: Perspectives on Provincialism in Webster's America - Massimo Sturiale Section 4. Re-defining Boundaries: Ideology and Language Norms 10. Patriotism, Empire, and Cultural Prescriptivism: Images of Anglicity in the OED - Lynda Mugglestone 11. You Say Nucular, I Say Yourstupid: Popular Prescriptivism in the Politics of the United States - Don Chapman Section 5. Identifying Norms and Attitudes in Postcolonial Contexts 12. English and Pidgin in Cameroon: Peaceful or Conflicting Co-existence? - Jean-Paul Kouega 13. "Susu" not "Sousou": Nationalism, Prescriptivism, and Etymology in a Post-colonial Creole Language Orthography - Lise Winer Section 6. Prescribing Norms beyond Borders: Foreign Language Teaching 14. Rules for the Neighbours: Prescriptions of the German Language for British Learners - Nicola McLelland 15. Nativeness, Authority, Authenticity: The Construction of Belonging and Exclusion in Debates about English Language Proficiency and Immigration in Britain - Martin Gill

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  • ISBN13: 9781847697806
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781847697806
  • weight: 554
  • ISBN10: 1847697801

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