Doubtful correctness.

Empirical and theoretical aspects of correctness decisions.

Doubts about linguictic correctness occur on all levels of language. They occur because native as well as non-native, young as well as adult speakers sometimes find themselves in situations where they feel insecure about the correct way to say or spell something. From a traditional point of view, doubtful correctness belongs to the twilight zone between grammatical and non-grammatical utterances.

Doubtful cases of linguistic correctness strongly influence public as well as individual linguistic awareness. Although such cases have been discussed again and again in popular books or newspaper articles, they have only gained marginal interest on the part of linguistics. In particular, there is no advanced research treating doubtful correctness as such, considering the subject as a possibly homogenous area within a given language.

In view of the importance of doubtful correctness cases for speakers' linguistic awareness, the amount of elaborated linguistic research dealing with the subject is very small. However, this issue of Linguistik online will try to make amends by treating them in detail. Approaches may be theoretical or empirical, and they are welcome to take into account - and perhaps even try to improve - the often rather complicated relationship between public linguistic awareness and linguistics.

There is therefore a broad range of possible topics:

There will be a workshop dealing with these problems at the annual conference of the DGfS in Munic. For further information, click here.

Editor of this issue: Wolf Peter Klein