Popular perceptions of standard language: Attitudes to ‘regional standards’ in Denmark

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This paper is concerned with popular perceptions of standard language in Denmark. It presents the results from an empirical study of folk linguistic awareness in which subjects listened to five different versions of (regional) Standard Danish (SD) and filled in a questionnaire. The results show that the subjects’ perception of SD correlates with their own regional background, and that prosodic features appear to be particularly important for the identification of varieties of speech. The study further shows that the absence of regional affiliation, as well as a clear and precise articulation, are important criteria in the subjects’ attempts to define SD. Finally, it is argued that folk linguistic awareness should be incorporated as a valuable resource in the linguistic description and classification of varieties of speech.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-40
Number of pages16
JournalLanguage Awareness
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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