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Brev till Sigga: Perspektiv på isländskans standardisering genom en vardaglig skriftpraktik
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies. (Arcum)
2013 (Swedish)In: Människor som skriver: Perspektiv på vardagligt skriftbruk och identitet / [ed] Ann-Catrine Edlund & Susanne Haugen, Umeå: Umeå universitet och Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet , 2013, 43-60 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Letters to Sigga. Perspectives on the standard- ization of Icelandic through a vernacular literacy practice

The focus of this article is the tension between, on the one hand, a language ideology which is linked to a national identity and based on a dominant literacy, and a wealth of sources for the study of vernacular literacy on the other. The au- thor claims that descriptions of the history and standardization processes of the Icelandic language are characterized by a particularly strong dimension of lan- guage ideology which leaves little room for linguistic variation. It is well known that descriptions of language standardization processes have been used for lan- guage-ideological purposes as a nation-building tool. Furthermore, the author claims that, in descriptions of the standardization of Icelandic, a view of lan- guage emerges that is linked to national identity and where the language is seen as an important factor in building a sense of community. This view is character- ized by uniformity, which results in a strong focus on the dominant literacy and a disregard of variation in the language, e.g. in the vernacular literacy. The article studies a selection of letters from the beginning of the 20th century, written by four women, which show that spelling variations existed in Icelandic vernacular literacy at that time. These variations elicit many questions, particularly in rela- tion to norms, conventions and standardization. A main point of the article is to show what the study of vernacular literacy can contribute to the description of the history of the Icelandic language, particularly its standardization. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet och Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet , 2013. 43-60 p.
Nordliga studier, ISSN 2000-0391 ; 4
, Vardagligt skriftbruk, 2
Keyword [sv]
skrifthistoria, vardagligt skriftbruk, standardisering
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-86662ISBN: 978-91-88466-85-3OAI: diva2:700181
Available from: 2014-03-03 Created: 2014-03-03 Last updated: 2016-05-26Bibliographically approved

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