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Title: Dialect Change
Subtitle: Convergence and Divergence in European Languages
Edited 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 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. Dialect Change will be welcomed
by all those interested in sociolinguistics, dialectology, the relevance of
language variation to formal linguistic theories, and European languages.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN: 051112645X
ISBN-13: 9780511126451
Prices: U.S. $ 60.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521806879
ISBN-13: 9780521806879
Pages: 432
Prices: U.K. £ 45.00