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LOGOS A Journal, of Religion, Philosophy, Comparative Cultural Studies and Art


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Logos 100

:. Vaida Buivydienė
       Vilnius Gediminas technical University, Lithuania





The Sociocultural Background of Late Formation of Standard Language: Case Study of Lithuanian Standard Language

Recent discussions concerning the policy of language, the normalisation of lithuanian standard language, the issues of the necessity of language standards and norms, and the abolishment of the long-prevailing list of Gross language mistakes encourage closer studies at the sources of the lithuanian language. This article deals with the reasons for the late formation of lithuanian standard language and the sociocultural situation of the european historical context. Based on the theory of standard language development by einar Haugen, the article gives an overview of the formative periods of lithuanian standard language as well as the influence sociocultural factors. The article concludes that political and social aspects have had a tremendous impact on the development of lithuanian standard language. The periods of development of lithuanian standard language rapidly changed each other. Some of them even went side by side, while the others continue to be in process. A rather liberal attitude towards using language standards has been traced recently. An increase in the number of variants to be used have appeared in public. this increase could be the beginning of a period of destabilisation of standards.


Key Words: standard language, the theories of the formation of standard languages, language politics


The journal "LOGOS" is mainly devoted to scholarly studies in all areas of philosophy.
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