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LRDG Seminar - Orthography as social practice: spelling and the new literacy studies. Mark Sebba, Lancaster University

Date: 30 October 2007 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

In this talk I outline parts of my theory of the sociolinguistics of orthography, which is embedded in a theory of literacy. The key points are: (1) It is possible to identify 'autonomous' and 'sociocultural' (a.k.a. 'ideological') models of orthography, with the autonomous model having had almost complete dominance in 20th century linguistics. (2) The 'sociocultural' model of orthography sees orthography as social practice (3) Orthography development is socially and historically contingent, and relates to literacy practices (4) A class of bilingual 'orthography mediators' are always involved when an orthography is developed for previously unwritten languages (4) Orthography is ideological - an example of this is the conflict between 'colonial' and 'postcolonial' orthographies

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Organising departments and research centres: Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keyword: Literacy


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