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Title: Verklaringen van substandaardisering
Subtitle: Tussentaal als gesitueerd taalgebruik
Author(s): JASPERS, Jürgen , BRISARD, Frank
Journal: Leuvense Bijdragen - Leuven Contributions in Linguistics and Philology
Volume: 95    Date: 2006   
Pages: 35-70
DOI: 10.2143/LB.95.0.2033181

Abstract :
Current accounts of Dutch substandard language use or 'tussentaal' come in two varieties. Thus, we find systemic explanations that are mostly linguistic in nature and in which substandard language is considered part of a general and rule-governed process of standardization. Other, generally less academically presented explanations focus on the individual as a strategic language user embedded in a social context. Both types of explanation are not theoretically unproblematic, and each struggles particularly with integrating individual purposeful actions and systematic or normative routines in the analysis. The present article suggests that analysing 'tussentaal' as situated social praxis allows both individual and systematic aspects of language use to be seen as mutually constitutive (and not just complementary). This affects the epistemic status and locus of 'tussentaal' as a research object, and also has important methodological repercussions.

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