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Spread the new(s)! Understanding standardization of Dutch through 17th-century newspapers

Researchers

Time frame

January 2020 - December 2024

Project description

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.

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Keywords

Language change, language standardization, language prescription, language use, newspapers

Results

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

Financier

NWO Open Competition SSH

Partner

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Contact

Machteld de Vos MPhil, machteld.devos@ru.nl