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Lithuanian language ideals

The practice of language corrections

In order to elicit youth’s attitudes towards ‘incorrect’ language use and the practice of correcting other’s language, we showed our informants several video clips that were created by other students for a contest Kalbą kuriu aš (“I create the language”). It has become apparent that youth tend to support the official view that there is a need to correct the language. This also applies to everyday communication. According to the students, they are pleased if someone corrects their language as well as they make attempts to correct others’ language. On the whole, the option of not correcting others’ language was not even considered but it was pointed out that the corrections and the lexical equivalents, proposed by the norm makers, should not be imposed and should rather be based on the actual usage. Interestingly, the students did not recognise the parody of a picky gatekeeper in one of the video-clips – only a few out of 83 students were able to tell the irony. This part of the research revealed that youth’s attitudes were highly affected by the established official language ideology. The educational system, which has the power of assessing and classifying, was mentioned especially frequently because one of the evaluation criteria is students’ ability to conform the standard.