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PETR ZIMA 0. One of the particular features of contemporary linguistics regarding languages of such areas as Sub-Saharan Africa and some parts of Asia is an increasing attention to broader problems, including those connected with interrelations of language, culture, history, and society, which have been hitherto almost neglected in the prevailing descriptive approach. A crucial problem faced by the contemporary sociolinguistics of these areas is obviously that of the process of creation of new, modern standards, or literary forms of languages. It must be said, however, that this very process of standardisation, studied only recently in developing areas (Berry,1 Ray,2 Jarceva3), has been the subject of linguistic efforts in the classical language areas of Europe and the Middle East for a relatively long period of time, so that with due attention to the particular features of the developing areas, many useful general deductions can be drawn from such linguistic works produced earlier (cf. e.g. Haugen, Havranek4). On the other hand, the particular sociolinguistic situation of developing areas may well help to clarify or reformulate certain earlier linguistic deductions, especially as far as questions concerning this very process of language standardisation are concerned. One of the crucial points, considered http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Linguistics - An Interdisciplinary Journal of the Language Sciences de Gruyter

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