The historical sociolinguistics of spelling

Laura Villa (Editor), Rik Vosters (Editor)

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The articles included in this special issue touch on several of these aspects of the significance of spelling in society by studying language ideological debates that took place in different European settings since the Early Modern period until recent times. In particular, we have gathered in this volume works that approach the linguistic history of Europe and some of its former colonies from a sociopolitical perspective and, accordingly, study orthographic conflicts as powerful sources to understand language change, geopolitical orders and social structures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-326
Number of pages125
JournalWritten Language & Literacy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • orthography
  • language ideological debates
  • language and politics
  • standardization
  • linguistic variation
  • historical sociolinguistics
  • writing and literacy


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