Standard Languages and Language Standards in a Changing Europe


Tore Kristiansen, Copenhagen University; Nikolas Coupland, Cardiff University, Wales; Barbara Soukup, University of Vienna; Sylvia Moosmüller, Acoustics Research Institute; Frans Gregersen, University of Copenhagen; Peter Garrett, Cardiff University, Wales; Charlotte Selleck, Cardiff University, Wales; Pirkko Nuolijärvi, Research Institute for the Languages of Finland; Johanna Vaattovaara, University of Helsinki; Jan-Ola Östman, University of Helsinki; Leila Mattfolk, Research Institute for the Languages of Finland; Philipp Stoeckle, University of Freiburg; Christoph Hare Svenstrup, University of Freiburg; Stephen Pax Leonard, University of Cambridge; Kristján Árnason, Háskóla Íslands; Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin, University of Limerick; Noel Ó Murchadha, University of Limerick; Loreta Vaicekauskien?, Institute of Lithuanian language; Stefan Grondelaers, Radboud University of Nijmegen; Roeland van Hout, Radboud University of Nijmegen; Helge Sandøy, University of Bergen; Mats Thelander, University of Uppsala; Elen Robert, Cardiff University, Wales; Jannis Androutsopoulos, University of Hamburg; Peter Auer, University of Freiburg; Helmut Spiekermann, University of Würzburg; Allan Bell, Auckland University of Technology; Dirk Speelman, University of Leuven; Jane Stuart-Smith, University of Glasgow, Scotland


This book is the first publication from the international group of researchers involved in developing the SLICE programme, SLICE being an acronym for Standard Language Ideology in Contemporary Europe.

SLICE is interested in ideologies of language as much as in the forms and functions of languages themselves, and in exploring how ideology can be made visible by different research methods. This implies a commitment to researching the attitudes and value-structures that underpin attributions of ‘standard’, potential subjective complexities and shifts in these subjectivities.

One of SLICE’s key objectives is to make informed assessments of the extent and nature of linguistic destandardisation in contemporary European contexts. While sociolinguistic attention has so far been given to standardising processes – the mechanisms by which language varieties ‘rise’ to function ideologically and practically as standard varieties – it is also necessary to move beyond linear accounts and to explore whether and how varieties that have functioned as standards may be losing their legitimacy. Is there evidence that ways of speaking that have been positioned as ‘non-standard’ or vernacular varieties are ‘moving up’ to function in domains previously associated with standard varieties? More radically, is there evidence that the ideological systems that have supported attributions of standard and vernacular language may be crumbling, losing their potency or being restructured? Is it appropriate to see late modernity as an era when linguistic standardisation is in some ways and in some places being reversed, or at least rendered more complex and multi-dimensional?


  • Acknowledgements
    Tore Kristiansen
  • SLICE: Critical perspectives on language (de)standardisation
    Tore Kristiansen, Nikolas Coupland
  • Standard language in Austria
    Barbara Soukup, Sylvia Moosmüller
  • Language and ideology in Denmark
    Frans Gregersen
  • English in England and Wales: Multiple ideologies
    Nikolas Coupland, Peter Garrett, Charlotte Selleck
  • De-standardisation in progress in Finnish society?
    Pirkko Nuolijärvi, Johanna Vaattovaara
  • Ideologies of standardisation: Finland Swedish and Swedish-language Finland
    Jan-Ola Östman, Leila Mattfolk
  • Language variation and (de-)standardisation processes in Germany
    Philipp Stoeckle, Christoph Hare Svenstrup
  • Language ideology and standardisation in Iceland
    Stephen Pax Leonard, Kristján Árnason
  • The perception of Standard Irish as a prestige target variety
    Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin, Noel Ó Murchadha
  • Language ‘nationalisation’: One hundred years of Standard Lithuanian
    Loreta Vaicekauskien?
  • The standard language situation in The Netherlands
    Stefan Grondelaers, Roeland van Hout
  • Language culture in Norway: A tradition of questioning standard language norms
    Helge Sandøy
  • Standardisation and standard language in Sweden
    Mats Thelander
  • Standardness and the Welsh language
    Elen Robert
  • Language change and digital media: A review of conceptions and evidence
    Jannis Androutsopoulos
  • Demotisation of the standard variety or destandardisation?
    The changing status of German in late modernity (with special reference to south-western Germany)
    Peter Auer, Helmut Spiekermann
  • Leaving Home: in a post-colonial variety of broadcast news language
    Allan Bell
  • A perceptual typology of standard language situations in the Low Countries
    Stefan Grondelaers, Roeland van Hout, Dirk Speelman
  • The view from the couch: Changing perspectives on therole of television in changing language ideologies and use
    Jane Stuart-Smith
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29 January 2020


Details about the available publication format: Printed


Physical Dimensions

170mm x 240mm

How to Cite

(Ed.). (2020). Standard Languages and Language Standards in a Changing Europe: Vol. Book 1. Novus forlag.