Language (De)standardisation in Late Modern Europe: Experimental Studies


Tore Kristiansen, Copenhagen University; Stefan Grondelaers, Radboud University Nijmegen; Christoph Hare Svenstrup, Universities of Freiburg and Copenhagen; Noel Ó Murchadha, University of Limerick; Loreta Vaicekauskiene, The Institute of the Lithuanian Language; Daiva Aliukaite, The Institute of the Lithuanian Language; Helge Sandøy, University of Bergen; Anne-Sophie Ghyselen, Ghent University; Gunther De Vogelaer, University of Munster; Dirk Speelman, University of Leuven; Steven Delarue, Ghent University; Nataša Tolimir-Hölzl, Humboldt University Berlin; Barbara Soukup, University of Vienna; Dennis R. Preston, Oklahoma State University; Nancy Niedzielski, Rice University; Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, Ohio State University; Ari Páll Kristinsson, University of Iceland; Amanda Hilmarsson-Dunn, University of Iceland; Nicolai Pharao, Copenhagen University; Marie Maegaard, Copenhagen University; Anne Fabricius, Roskilde University; Janus Mortensen, Roskilde University


standard languages, ideology, destandardisation, standardisation, Europe, standardness, variability


This book investigates the ideological dimensions of the various (de)standardisation processes conspicuously present in contemporary Europe. It is a well-documented fact (for overviews, see Deumert and Vandenbussche 2003; Kristi-ansen and Coupland 2011) that all European standard languages are currently undergoing extensions which are considered a threat to the uniformity in their use - which is one of the commonly accepted criteria for standardness (see for instance Auer 2005, 2011). Professional linguists are increasingly attesting sys-tematic variability - in the form of, for instance, regional or social accents - in standard speech produced by the ‘best speakers’ (such as news anchors of official broadcasting institutions) in the most formal contexts. But the fact that vari-eties which are supposed to be uniform are becoming more variable also excites concern and controversy among non-professional language users.


  • On the need to access deep evaluations when searching for the motor of standard language change
    Tore Kristiansen, Stefan Grondelaers
  • Language attitudes in south-west Germany
    Christoph Hare Svenstrup
  • Authority and innovation in language variation: Teenagers’ perceptions of variation in spoken Irish
    Noel Ó Murchadha
  • Overt and covert evaluation of language varieties in the Lithuanian speech community
    Loreta Vaicekauskiene, Daiva Aliukaite
  • Driving forces in language change - in the Norwegian perspective
    Helge Sandøy
  • The impact of dialect loss on the acceptance of Tussentaal: the special case of West-Flanders in Belgium
    Anne-Sophie Ghyselen, Gunther De Vogelaer
  • Can speaker evaluation return private attitudes towards stigmatised varieties? Evidence from emergent standardisation in Belgian Dutch
    Stefan Grondelaers, Dirk Speelman
  • Teachers’ Dutch in Flanders: The last guardians of the standard?
    Dirk Speelman, Steven Delarue
  • Language attitudes in the Republika Srpska: Eliciting some truth from behind the propaganda
    Nataša Tolimir-Hölzl
  • The measurement of ‘language attitudes’ - a reappraisal from a constructionist perspective
    Barbara Soukup
  • On matching speaker (dis)guises - revisiting a methodological tradition
    Barbara Soukup
  • Approaches to the study of Language Regard
    Dennis R. Preston, Nancy Niedzielski
  • Connecting attitudes and language behavior via implicit sociolinguistic cognition
    Kathryn Campbell-Kibler
  • Evaluation of different registers in Icelandic written media
    Ari Páll Kristinsson, Amanda Hilmarsson-Dunn
  • Controlled manipulation of intonational difference
    An experimental study of intonation patterns as the basis for language-ideological constructs of geographical provenance and linguistic standardness in young Danes
    Tore Kristiansen, Nicolai Pharao, Marie Maegaard
  • Language ideology and the notion of construct resources: a case study of modern RP
    Anne Fabricius, Janus Mortensen
SLICE Volume 2


SLICE 2 (Chapters)


5 August 2022


How to Cite

(Ed.). (2022). Language (De)standardisation in Late Modern Europe: Experimental Studies: Vol. Book 2. Novus forlag.