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From vernacular to national language: Language planning and the discourse of science in eighteenth-century Sweden

Författare och institution:
Anna Helga Hannesdottir (Institutionen för svenska språket)
Publicerad i:
Languages of Science in the Eighteenth Century. Ed. by Britt-Louise Gunnarsson. De Gruyter Mouton ISBN 978-3-11-025505-8, s. 107-122
Kapitel, refereegranskat
De Gruyter Mouton
Sammanfattning (abstract):
In this article a fresh approach is suggested to the problem of the transition from vernacular Swedish to a fully-developed medium of scientific discourse. It is argued that the sociolinguist Einar Haugen's notion of "language planning" can also serve as a model to analyse and explain language change from a sociolonguistic point of view. The author applies the four phases of this LP model, i.e. selection, codification, implementation and elaboration, to describe the progression which Swedish underwent, from a poorly codified vernacular to a developed, standardized language. With reference to these four phases, she elaborates on the role played by the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. According to the author, Linnaeus supported the selection and implementation phases by promoting Swedish rather than Latin for the lectures and transactions of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Linnaeus also contributed directly to the elaboration and codification phases by creating a Swedish vocabulary appropriate to his scientific findings.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Språk och litteratur ->
Språkstudier ->
Nordiska språk ->
Svenska språket
Swedish, language history, language planning, standardization, Carl Linnaeus
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Posten skapad:
2011-12-05 12:21
Posten ändrad:
2013-07-03 14:12

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