Title
Beware of the weeds : understanding Flemish linguistic purism as a utopian discourse Beware of the weeds : understanding Flemish linguistic purism as a utopian discourse
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
The Hague ,
Subject
Linguistics
Source (journal)
International journal of the sociology of language. - The Hague, 1974, currens
Volume/pages
(2016) :242 , p. 1-24
ISSN
0165-2516
1613-3668
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Research into linguistic purism often reflects a critical, if not contemptuous attitude towards its subject of inquiry. The reasons for this are purists prescriptivist stance, as well as their frequent association with ethno-linguistic nationalism, an ideology in moral disrepute. We argue that this approach of purism produces blind spots. Following Pratts suggestion, we reconsider linguistic purism in this article as the effect of a utopian discourse and show how a desire for (linguistic) purity is at the very heart of the project of modernity. We apply our theoretical framework to the history of purism in modern Flanders (nineteenth to twenty-first century).
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