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Dialect Change
Convergence and Divergence in European Languages

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F. Hinskens, P. Auer, P. Kerswill, J. Kallen, G. Berruto, L. Cornips, K. Corrigan, J. Cheshire, A. Williams, I. L. Pedersen, P. Trudgill, P. Rosenberg, C. Woolhiser, J. Taeldeman, T. Kristiansen, J. Jørgensen, J. A. Villena-Ponsoda
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  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521070669

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  • With dialects constantly changing and mobility increasing in recent years, it has become difficult to distinguish between such local accents as one from London or Reading, Bonn or Cologne. This book's authoritative contributors cover all aspects of recent dialect change, in particular, dialect convergence and divergence. Each commissioned chapter, based on original research, provides an overview of a particular issue and presents case studies to illustrate points raised.

    • Gives an overview of the position of dialects in Europe
    • Unique in that it looks at 11 European countries, as well as countries where European languages have been transplanted
    • Covers a wide range of themes and approaches to dialect change
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    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521070669
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 8 maps 39 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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    List of contributors
    1. The study of dialect convergence and divergence: conceptual and methodological considerations F. Hinskens, P. Auer and P. Kerswill
    Part I. Convergence, Divergence and Linguistic Structure:
    2. Internal and external factors in phonological convergence: the case of English /t/ lenition J. Kallen
    3. Dialect/standard convergence, mixing and models of language contact: the case of Italy G. Berruto
    4. Convergence and divergence in grammar L. Cornips and K. Corrigan
    5. Phonology, grammar and discourse in dialect convergence J. Cheshire, P. Kerswill and A. Williams
    Part II. Macrosociolinguistic Motivations of Convergence and Divergence:
    6. Processes of standardisation in Scandinavia I. L. Pedersen
    7. The birth of new dialects P. Kerswill and P. Trudgill
    8. Dialect convergence in the German language islands P. Rosenberg
    9. Political borders and dialect divergence/convergence in Europe C. Woolhiser
    10. The influence of urban centres on the spatial diffusion of dialect phenomena J. Taeldeman
    Part III. Microsociolinguistic Motivations:
    11. Subjective factors in dialect convergence and divergence T. Kristiansen and J. Jørgensen
    12. How similar are people who speak alike? An interpretive way of using social networks in social dialectology research J. A. Villena-Ponsoda
    13. The role of interpersonal accommodation in a theory of language change P. Auer and F. Hinskens

  • Editors

    Peter Auer, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
    Peter Auer is Chair of German Linguistics at the University of Freiburg

    Frans Hinskens, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam and and Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
    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, Lancaster University
    Paul Kerswill is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Reading


    F. Hinskens, P. Auer, P. Kerswill, J. Kallen, G. Berruto, L. Cornips, K. Corrigan, J. Cheshire, A. Williams, I. L. Pedersen, P. Trudgill, P. Rosenberg, C. Woolhiser, J. Taeldeman, T. Kristiansen, J. Jørgensen, J. A. Villena-Ponsoda

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