Spread the new(s)! Understanding standardization of Dutch through 17th-century newspapers
January 2020 - December 2024
This project investigates what (socio)linguistic factors are decisive in the functional implementation of a standard language, hypothesizing that newspapers played a crucial role in the expansion of the Dutch standard language, as the first mass medium read by all social classes.
Language change, language standardization, language prescription, language use, newspapers
Vos, M.T. de (in press). Deze verscheydenheyt der Voornamen. Codification of third-person pronouns in Early Modern Dutch. Taal en Tongval.
Vos, M.T. de (2022). In Between Description and Prescription: Analysing Metalanguage in Normative Works on Dutch 1550–1650. Languages, 7 (2):89. doi: 10.3390/languages7020089
NWO Open Competition SSH
Machteld de Vos MPhil, firstname.lastname@example.org