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Latviešu valodas standartizācijas problēma 19. gadsimtā: valodas kopēju maiņa [Issues in Standardization of Latvian in the 19th Century: Changes in Planners]
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Baltic Languages, Finnish and German.
2008 (Latvian)In: Latvijas Universitātes raksti, ISSN 1407-2157, Vol. 731, 62-71 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the 19th century, a number of important issues of written Latvian were considered:Should written Latvian exist and continue its development at all? 1.How to elaborate written Latvian? 2.Who was to determine the development principles of written Latvian and who was to 3. see that these were followed?The urgency of these basic questions was felt throughout the 19th century. They came to a head in the middle of the century, when the National Awakening began and when the activities of the Young Latvians, among them Juris Alunāns, picked up. Major changes in economic and social life had already determined that the development of the Latvian language was to be taken over by Latvian people themselves, and that step by step written Latvian was approaching the norms of spoken language. The German clergymen, who had been the main developers of the language up to then, lost their leading role. Thus, the German period in the standardization of written Latvian had come to an end, a fact which was acknowledged by both sides.

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Riga: LU Akademiskais apgads , 2008. Vol. 731, 62-71 p.
Keyword [en]
History of Standard Latvian, Juris Alunāns, language planning, Young Latvians
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Baltic Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-39723OAI: diva2:321188
Available from: 2010-05-29 Created: 2010-05-29 Last updated: 2011-09-21Bibliographically approved

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