- An early sociolinguistic approach towards standardization and dialect variation: G.G. Kloeke’s theory of Hollandish expansion
- Amsterdam Studies in the Theory and History of Linguistic Science. Series 3: Studies in the History of Linguistics
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- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
With the publication of Kloeke's 'De Hollandse Expansie in de 16e en 17e eeuw en haar weerspiegeling in de hedendaagse Nederlandse dialecten' (1927) a long and harsh debate started in Dutch historical linguistics. This debate, which still goes on, concentrates on the history of 'Dutch diphthongization'. By pointing to prestige as an important factor in language change, Kloeke actually showed himself to be an 'avant-la-lettre' sociolinguist. Unfortunately scholars from different backgrounds were able to prove that the historical data Kloeke used for his theory were not as solid as he thought. Nevertheless, his idea that socials factors are as important as structural arguments still remains valid.
- Proceedings title: History of linguistics 2008: selected papers from the 11th international conference on the history of the
language sciences (ICHOLS XI), Potsdam, 28 August-2 September 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
Place of publication: Amsterdam
Editors: G. Hassler
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