Dialect Change: Convergence and Divergence in European Languages

Dialect Change: Convergence and Divergence in European Languages

by Peter Auer, Frans Hinskens, Paul Kerswill
     
 

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… See more details below

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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. The first-ever book devoted to the position of dialects in Europe, Dialect Change will be welcomed by all those interested in sociolinguistics, dialectology and European languages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521070669
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2008
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Auer is Chair of German Linguistics at the University of Freiburg

Frans Hinskens is Head of the Department of Linguistics at Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, and Professor of Language Variation and Change at Free University, Amsterdam

Paul Kerswill is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Reading

Table of Contents

1The study of dialect convergence and divergence : conceptual and methodological considerations1
2Internal and external factors in phonological convergence : the case of English /t/ lenition51
3Dialect/standard convergence, mixing, and models of language contact : the case of Italy81
4Convergence and divergence in grammar96
5Phonology, grammar, and discourse in dialect convergence135
6Processes of standardisation in Scandinavia171
7The birth of new dialects196
8Dialect convergence in the German language islands (Sprachinseln)221
9Political borders and dialect divergence/convergence in Europe236
10The influence of urban centres on the spatial diffusion of dialect phenomena263
11Subjective factors in dialect convergence and divergence287
12How similar are people who speak alike? : an interpretive way of using social networks in social dialectology research303
13The role of interpersonal accommodation in a theory of language change335

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