Hypercorrection
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Hypercorrection (also called overcorrectness) is one kind of ‘linguistic correction’, best termed ‘pseudocorrection’ (Blau 1970). Pseudocorrections result from speakers' and writers' desire to speak and to write a more prestigious variety and to avoid stigmatized forms. For example, in England, tension between social dialects has persistently caused speakers and writers to employ various hypercorrections. One important determinant of social status has been the pronunciation of the glottal fricat…

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Benjamin Hary, “Hypercorrection”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 20 July 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol2_0016>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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