Nonstandard - Standard - Substandard

Band 28:
Davies, Winifred V. / Langer, Nils: The Making of Bad Language. Lay Linguistic Stigmatisations in German: Past und Present. 344 S. - Frankfurt am Main / Berlin / Bern / Bruxelles / New York / Oxford / Wien: Lang, 2006.
ISBN: 978-3-631-54765-6

Dieser Band ist im IDS verfügbar:

[Buch] IDS-Bibliothek: Sig. MG 4733

This book is a contribution to the history of non-standard or bad German. The origin and development of standard German was a complex process and many factors were involved in the selection, non-selection and de-selection of variants, as well as the initial promotion of certain varieties of German to supraregional status. The interest here is in non-selection and de-selection of variants and so the study focuses especially on questions such as: Why were certain constructions ignored in the formation of standard German grammar and why were others explicitly judged ill-suited for inclusion in the prestige variety? Who was responsible for these stigmatisations and what reasons were given? And finally, how was the knowledge that one shouldn't use particular constructions transmitted to the language users? At the heart of this study are case studies of 11 morphosyntactic features of bad German as found in a selection of texts produced by norm makers, from 1600 to 2005, all of them salient Zweifelsfälle of modern German.


mehr anzeigen
1.   Introduction S. 11
2.   The Research Context S. 19
3.   The History of Standard German S. 59
4.   The Earliest Stigmatisations S. 75
5.   The Nineteenth Century to the Present Day S. 107
6.   The Morphosyntactic Constructions S. 157
7.   The Relationship between the Codex and Bad German S. 261
Bibliographies S. 283
Appendix 1: Corpus of Seventeenth-century German S. 319
Appendix 2: Corpus of Nineteenth-century German S. 321
Appendix 3: Questionnaire Used in Survey of Teachers S. 325
Index of Names S. 329
Index of Topics S. 335


  • Langhanke, Robert (2010): Rezension von: Winifred V. Davies & Nils Langer. 2006. The Making of Bad Language. Lay Linguistic Stigmatisations in German: Past and Present (Vario Lingua. Nonstandard – Standard – Substandard 28). Frankfurt am Main u. a.: Peter Lang. 344 S. In: Zeitschrift für Rezensionen zur germanistischen Sprachwissenschaft 2.1. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter. S. 96-101. Text