Linguistic Change under Contact Conditions

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Tadpoles, cuckoos, and multiple births: Language contact and models of change1
Language contact leading to language change: The case of Northern Norway15
Middle English is a creole and its opposite: On the value of plausible speculation35
On the origin of Middle and Modern English51
Notes on the history of word-final /g/ in English55
Anglo-French and Medieval English scribal practice: The case of Middle English <-ed, -et> and <-id, -it> for common <-ep, -eth>81
Through the looking-glass: Stress rules in collision97
An assessment of language contact in the development of Irish English109
Language contact in China: Is Mandarin Chinese derived from a pidgin?131
Glottochronology and the method of comparing the vocabulary in parallel texts149
On the growing role of semantic and pragmatic features in Middle English161
On the impact of language contact on inflectional systems: The reduction of verb inflection in American in Dutch and American Frisian179
The English double modals: Internal or external change?207
Contact, social variants, parameter setting, and pragmatic function: An example from the history of French syntax217
Black - White language contact through the centuries: Diachronic aspects of linguistic convergence or divergence in the United States of America237
Lexico-syntactic modeling across the bilingual continuum253
Agreement between past participle and direct object in Catalan: The hypothesis of Castilian influence revisited271
Linguistic contacts across the English Channel: The case of the Breton retroflex 291
Verbal -s inflection in "early" American Black English315
Kent and the Low Countries revisited327
Middle English {-ende} and {-ing}: A possible route to grammaticalisation365
Language contact and syntactic change: Some formal linguistic diagnostics383
Index of subjects421
Index of languages and dialects425
Index of names429
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