Folk Linguistics


MILLI FOLKLOR, no.118, pp.5-18, 2018 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 118
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.5-18
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Formed by analogy to popular poetry, as Henry M. Hoenigswald points out, the neologism of popular linguistics has been used, most often implicitly, in several disciplines: anthropology, ethnography, mythology and folklore. The field / objects constituting popular linguistics are all the statements, the "natural" expressions - which do not come from the representatives of linguistics as an established discipline - which designate, or refer to language phenomena or which function at the level of the meta communication. They are also statements in which the qualities (phonetic, semantic, etc.) of the units of a language are explicitly or implicitly used to produce results that are relevant to the social behavior of an individual or a social group. Excludes statements that are produced with the intention of communicating knowledge about language facts for the sole purpose of increasing language proficiency. Such statements would therefore constitute statements forming part of linguistics as a scientific discipline. Popular linguistics is understood as a social practice, which on the one hand deals with the phenomena of language or languages, but at the same time uses these statements for social purposes. Such a linguistic practice ends up joining the "linguistic imaginary" proposed by Anne - Marie Houdebine, it consists in analyzing the emotional baggage, the linguistic fiction of a natural subject or a social group. Popular linguistics interpenetrates with the linguistic imagination, which, for its part, interpenetrates with the cultural (and social) imagination. In our work, we will define the popular linguistics, specify its domain and its applications, its relations with the linguistic imagination and the relation and the cultural imaginary.