Publishing Nations: Technology Acquisition and Language Standardization for European Ethnic Groups

Yu Sasaki*

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研究成果: Article査読

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This article examines the causes and variation of language standardization across European ethnic groups from a historical perspective. Although language has long garnered interest in the study of ethnicity and nationalism, how language becomes standardized has yet to be offered. In this article, I argue that the acquisition of the printing press is critical to explaining the occurrence and variation of standardization. Using the first publication of vernacular dictionaries as a proxy for standardization, I present a systematic investigation of the standardization process for 171 ethnic groups in Europe from 1400-2000 ce. Empirical tests come from an original data set that collects information on political, economic, and social dimensions. Findings from event history models show that (1) printing press adoption is positively and significantly correlated with vernacular dictionaries; and (2) early adopters are more likely to standardize vernaculars than latecomers.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)1007-1047
ページ数41
ジャーナルJournal of Economic History
77
4
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2017 12月 1
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 履歴
  • 経済学、計量経済学
  • 経済学、計量経済学および金融学(その他)

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