What's the history of 'standard forms' of languages?
May 14, 2006 7:06 AM Subscribe
Linguists: What's the history of 'standard forms' of languages?
posted by Lockeownzj00 to Writing & Language (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Despite the various dialects inherent to every language, there is invariably one kind that is known as the 'standard' or 'default.' I know it usually has something to do with a particular area being the cultural and political epicenter of a society (I believe that's what happened with Japan, no? Edo being the capital at one point? I should knows this, sheesh), but what are some specific cases?
Another example is, say, French. I seem to remember that France at one point in time was extremely divided and had many 'warring' dialects vying to be the standard, or something. I guess a related topic could be "language reforms--" how, why, successes and failures?
I'm hoping to hear some interesting anecdotes here, and hopefully hit on at least a few of the "major" languages.