The Origin Of English Language Codification

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The linguistic term codification refers to the process of standardizing and developing a norm of a language (Revolvy, 2017). In addition, it means the methods of creation and use of the dictionary through designing writing system and setting grammar rules. According to Einar Haugen codification leads to 'minimal variation in form' (Stein & Tieken-Boon van Ostade, n.d. 1994: p160), therefore it reinforces a certain variety which has been selected and accepted. Even though codification is the second stage in the standardization, it is ongoing process.
The origin of English language codification was back to the 16th century, when many of dictionaries and grammar books had published with a view of teaching the language to Welsh noblemen after the 'Act of Union' between Wales and England in 1536. These dictionaries contained a list of hard words, mostly loanwords which adopted and borrowed from other languages, or sometimes invented. Robert Cawdery produced the first English dictionary in (1604). It lists about 3000 words, with a brief simple description for each. He aimed to codify a language, to let readers understand hard words. (, 2017)
By the 18th century, scholars developed codification, due to considering it as a recognized activity. For that authors and scholars such as John Walker and Thomas Sheridan started to write materials so as to set down perspective norms for pronunciation and grammar. Unlike European countries which established academies for codification,

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