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Do Scandinavian dictionaries take a stand on language policy?
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0597-1546
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Danish dictionary, the Norwegian Academy’s dictionary and the Swedish Academy glossary constitute central linguistic Scandinavian works of reference. However, users often want to check if a word really 'exists', and view the words included as approved by authorities.  Modern lexicography, however, builds on instances in major corpora.

In Sweden, a debate on the use and the political connotations of the gender neutral pronoun 'hen' started in 2012 (e.g. Milles 2011, Ledin 2012, Parkvall 2012, Sabuni 2012, Språkrådet 2015, Språktidningen 2016). In 2015, however, the word 'hen' was used sufficiently for inclusion in the Swedish Academy glossary. The new edition was launched under the heading, 'Hen is here now', which ended the debate. Presently, the pronoun is relatively neutral in Sweden.

High status dictionaries are doubtless political actors in a language community. What is the responsibility of the glossary editors? Would a representative corpus be a solution to linguicism?

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-71797OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-71797DiVA, id: diva2:1303409
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Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, SASS 2018 Los Angeles, May 2-5 2018
Available from: 2019-04-09 Created: 2019-04-09 Last updated: 2019-04-25Bibliographically approved

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