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Exploring Linguistic Standards in Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages- Explorando estándares lingüísticos en variedades no dominantes de lenguas pluricéntricas


Edited By Rudolf Muhr, Carla Amorós Negre and Carmen Fernández Juncal

This volume commemorates the 20 th anniversary of Michael Clyne’s seminal volume «Pluricentric languages. Differing norms in different countries» published in 1992. The main focus of this volume is the exploration of linguistic standards in non-dominant varieties and the discovery of the ways in which different language communities of non-dominant varieties reconcile their wish to express their national, social and personal identity via language with their desire to adhere to a common language. Another central focus is the way in which the norms of languages, and in particular those of non-dominant varieties of pluricentric languages, can be standardized or how given standards can be changed. The papers show that the state of standardization in pluricentric languages may differ strongly from language to language and also differ between varieties of the same language.
El libro conmemora el vigésimo aniversario del influyente volumen publicado por Michael Clyne en 1992, «Pluricentric languages. Differing norms in different countries». El objetivo principal consiste en «explorar estándares lingüísticos en variedades no dominantes» e indagar cómo las diferentes comunidades lingüísticas reconcilian la pretensión de expresar su propia identidad nacional, social y personal a través del lenguaje con su mismo deseo de adherencia a una lengua común. Otra cuestión central atiende a la manera en que las normas lingüísticas y, en particular, las normas de las variedades lingüísticas de lenguas pluricéntricas pueden convertirse en estándares o cómo los estándares establecidos pueden ser modificados. Los diversos artículos muestran que la situación y el grado de estandarización en las diversas lenguas pluricéntricas pueden diferir en gran manera entre las distintas lenguas y entre variedades diferentes de una misma lengua.


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Georges LÜDI: Prácticas pluricéntricas en la francofonía


In: Rudolf Muhr, Carla Amorós Negre, Carmen Fernández Juncal, Klaus Zimmermann, Emilio Prieto, Natividad Hernández (eds.) (2013): Exploring Linguistic Standards in Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages / Explorando estándares lingüísticos en variedades no dominantes de lenguas pluricéntricas. Wien et. al., Peter Lang Verlag. p. 67-78. Georges LÜDI (Universität Basel, Suiza) Prácticas pluricéntricas en la francofonía Abstract French is often cited as being the forerunner of, and model for, a very nor- mative and 'top-down' managed language, following the language policy of an archetypal monolingual nation-state. In fact, the French language and the French-speaking nations are not as much of a monolithic block as they are frequently perceived to be. Over recent decades attitudes towards dif- ferent varieties of French have changed. Other types of discourse emerged, manifesting centrifugal opinions and forms of de-standardization so that, today, monocentric and variational concepts of French co-exist and strug- gle in the arena of public discourse. Nevertheless, we do not consider French to be a pluricentric language, at least if one defines pluricentricity narrowly, as a language with several official standards. Plurilectal and mul- tilingual practices in French often follow geographical patterns and are particularly frequent at the periphery of the Francophonie. The notion proposed for referring to this reality is pluricentric practices. We will try to show that language-internal, cross-national variation in French, including forms of language mixing, can be considered as 'pluricentric practices' and that they definitely correlate with...

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