Research project The goal of this editing project is to publish and comment on vernacular writing from the first stage of mass literacy in a critical edition. The editing project is framed within the research field of the social history of literacy.
The manuscripts of 260 pages consist of diary notes and song books from 1878–1901 from northern Sweden – written in a blend of dialect and standard Swedish. The research field of social history is an expanding field within the Nordic countries and the rest of Europe, but still less developed in a Swedish context. This critical edition of vernacular writing is most valuable in studies of language standards, identification and modernization and especially for research in historical sociolinguistics. The texts constitute important data for future sociolinguistic studies aiming at representing an alternative language history ”from below”.
The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, 2015: SEK 1,012,000