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Dialect Change : Convergence and Divergence in European Languages - Peter Auer

Dialect Change

Convergence and Divergence in European Languages

By: Peter Auer (Editor), Frans Hinskens (Editor), Paul Kerswill (Editor)

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Published: 7th November 2005
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Dialects are constantly changing, and due to increased mobility in recent years, European dialects have 'levelled', making it difficult to distinguish a native of Reading from a native of London, or a native of Bonn from a native of Cologne. This comprehensive study brings together a team of leading scholars to explore all aspects of recent dialect change, in particular dialect convergence and divergence. Drawing on examples from a wide range of European countries - as well as areas where European languages have been transplanted - they examine a range of issues relating to dialect contact and isolation, and show how sociolinguistic conditions differ hugely between and within European countries. Each specially-commissioned chapter is based on original research, giving an overview of current work on that particular area and presenting case studies to illustrate the issues discussed. Dialect Change will be welcomed by all those interested in sociolinguistics, dialectology, and European languages.

'... an excellent book based on internationally oriented research that sets the topic of dialect convergence and divergence into the broader context of dialect and language dynamics. It offers many insights for the interested non-specialist as well as the critical specialist looking for new and yet unsolved research questions.' Sociolinguistica

List of maps
List of figures
List of contributors
Preface
Map
The study of dialect convergence and divergence: conceptual and methodological considerations
Convergence, Divergence and Linguistic Structure
Internal and external factors in phonological convergence: the case of English /t/ lenition
Dialect/standard convergence, mixing and models of language contact: the case of Italy
Convergence and divergence in grammar
Phonology, grammar and discourse in dialect convergence
Macrosociolinguistic Motivations of Convergence and Divergence
Processes of standardisation in Scandinavia
The birth of new dialects
Dialect convergence in the German language islands
Political borders and dialect divergence/convergence in Europe
The influence of urban centres on the spatial diffusion of dialect phenomena
Microsociolinguistic Motivations
Subjective factors in dialect convergence and divergence
How similar are people who speak alike? An interpretive way of using social networks in social dialectology research
The role of interpersonal accommodation in a theory of language change
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521806879
ISBN-10: 0521806879
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 7th November 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.8