(2012) Orthography as social action

Alexandra Jaffe, Jannis Androutsopoulos, Mark Sebba & Sally Johnson (eds.) (2012)
Orthography as Social Action: Scripts, spelling, identity and power
Mouton de Gruyter (Language and Social Processes, 3)

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Orthography as social action (2012)

From Mark Sebba’s Introduction:

“The present volume brings together a wide range of recent work in the socially oriented study of scripts and orthographies. The chapters in this book explore, among other things, the sociolinguistic implications of orthographic and scriptural practices in a diverse range of communicative contexts, ranging from schoolrooms to internet discussion boards. Collectively they show how scriptural practices both index and constitute social hierarchies, identities and relationships and how in some cases, how they become the focus for public debates around language ideologies.

This volume comes at the end of two decades in which the understanding of scripts and orthographies has been enhanced by research from a sociocultural perspective on many languages and in varied settings. The contributions to this volume reflect this range: from national to subcultural, from Asia, North America and Europe, and  from authors with a range of disciplinary backgrounds including anthropology, religious studies and linguistics. The present volume, together with the earlier works mentioned in this chapter and others not mentioned here, add up to a substantial body of work in this field. Yet there is more work to be done, and the papers in this volume point to other disciplines which could also contribute to research in this area: history, media studies, sociology. The socially oriented study of scripts and orthographies could benefit from the insights of these other disciplines, and they in turn could benefit from a social understanding of scripts. In this spirit of interdisciplinarity, and more conscious than ever before that issues of script and spelling are often just the outward faces of deep-seated questions of ideology and identity, we can take this fascinating field forward into the next two decades.”

With contributions by: Mark Sebba; Sally Johnson; Brian Bennett; Suzanne Wertheim; Rizwan Ahmad; Rik Vosters, Gijsbert Rutten, Marijke van der Wal &Wim Vandenbussche; Jennifer Schlegel; Alexandra Jaffe; Amir Sharifi; Jürgen Spitzmüller; Lauren Squires; Lars Hinrichs; Jannis Androutsopoulos.