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Convergence as a mechanism of language change

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 July 2004

AD BACKUS
Affiliation:
Tilburg University, Faculteit der Letteren, PO Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands E-mail: A.M.Backus@uvt.nl

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This issue of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition is about convergence, a type of language change that is contact-induced and results in greater similarity between two languages that are in contact with each other. In Backus (forthcoming), I have attempted an overview of contact-induced language change, focusing on causal factors, on mechanisms of change, and on the actual changes. In this conclusion, I will try to give convergence its rightful place in this general typology, referencing the contributions to this volume where appropriate.

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