Peter Auer, Frans Hinskens, Paul Kerswill's Dialect Change: Convergence and Divergence in European PDF

By Peter Auer, Frans Hinskens, Paul Kerswill

ISBN-10: 0521806879

ISBN-13: 9780521806879

With dialects always altering and mobility expanding lately, it has turn into tricky to tell apart among such neighborhood accents as one from London or examining, Bonn or Cologne. This book's authoritative individuals hide all facets of contemporary dialect swap, particularly, dialect convergence and divergence. every one commissioned bankruptcy, in response to unique examine, offers an outline of a selected factor and provides case reviews to demonstrate issues raised.

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This last type ‘can be compared to the “passive” one’ (108). While the social basis of active urban koineisation can, according to Sobrero, be characterised as ‘bourgeois’, the third type is ‘proletarian’ in nature. Regional koines may replace the input varieties, and are thus akin to regional dialect levelling or dialect supralocalisation, which refer to the loss of distinctiveness at the local level in favour of distinctiveness at the regional level (Torgersen and Kerswill 2004; Kerswill 2002a; Milroy, Milroy, and Hartley 1994; Britain 2002b).

A formal explanation of the raison d’ˆetre of specific dialect features may be the basis for predictions about possible future changes, provided the formal account is grounded in a general theory; 3. linguistic analysis is indispensable when it comes to answering the question if and to what extent similarities and differences in changes between related dialects are motivated either by shared or even universal structural tendencies or, rather, by common external factors; 4. linguistic analysis can counteract the ‘atomistic’ approach to dialect features which is typical of traditional dialectology in its tendency ‘to treat linguistic forms in isolation rather than as parts of systems or structures’ (Chambers and Trudgill 1998: 33).

In Iceland, there was neither social stratification nor, for the children, any peer groups, a situation which inhibited linguistic differentiation both within a family unit and across the country itself. 2), seem to have in common is a direct effect on the interaction between individuals and groups (age groups, social networks, ethnic groups, groups which are constituted by language background) The study of dialect convergence and divergence 33 as well as potentially on sociopsychological aspects of language use (attitudes, the linguistic projection of identity) and thus, indirectly, on language.

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