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This volume addresses a crucial, yet largely unaddressed dimension of minority language standardization, namely how social actors engage with, support, negotiate, resist and even reject such processes. The focus is on social actors rather than language as a means for analysing the complexity and tensions inherent in contemporary standardization processes. By considering the perspectives and actions of people who participate in or are affected by minority language politics, the contributors aim to provide a comparative and nuanced analysis of the complexity and tensions inherent in minority language standardisation processes. Echoing Fasold (1984), this involves a shift in focus from a sociolinguistics of language to a sociolinguistics of people.

The book addresses tensions that are born of the renewed or continued need to standardize ‘language’ in the early 21st century across the world. It proposes to go beyond the traditional macro/micro dichotomy by foregrounding the role of actors as they position themselves as users of standard forms of language, oral or written, across sociolinguistic scales. Language policy processes can be seen as practices and ideologies in action and this volume therefore investigates how social actors in a wide range of geographical settings embrace, contribute to, resist and also reject (aspects of) minority language standardization.

chapter 1|23 pages

Standardising Minority Languages

Reinventing Peripheral Languages in the 21st Century
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chapter 2|23 pages

Basque Standardization and the New Speaker

Political Praxis and the Shifting Dynamics of Authority and Value
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chapter 3|19 pages

On the Pros and Cons of Standardizing Scots

Notes From the North of a Small Island
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chapter 4|18 pages

Legitimating Limburgish

The Reproduction of Heritage
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chapter 6|17 pages

Language Standardisation as Frozen Mediated Actions

The Materiality of Language Standardisation
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chapter 9|21 pages

“That’s Too Much to Learn”

Writing, Longevity, and Urgency in the Isthmus Zapotec Speech Community
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chapter 10|25 pages

Orthography, Standardization, and Register

The Case of Manding
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chapter 11|22 pages

Beyond Colonial Linguistics

The Dialectic of Control and Resistance in the Standardization of isiXhosa
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chapter 12|21 pages

Visions and Revisions of Minority Languages

Standardization and Its Dilemmas
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