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Title: Language Change
Subtitle: The Interplay of Imternal, ExternalL and Extra-Linguistic Factors
Edited By: Mari C. Jones
Edith Esch
Series Title: Contributions to the Sociology of Language
Description:

This volume examines the phenomenon of language change from three different perspectives. It focuses on the effects of internal developments in the linguistic system, the role of contact with other varieties and the influence that extra-linguistic factors such as sociopolitical and economic developments may have on language. Moreover, as language change is rarely a clear-cut process, the interface between these different forces are explored.

This book brings together the work of eighteen scholars working in the fields of historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and bilingualism and presents hitherto unpublished data from varieties including English, French, Karaim, Modern Greek, Jordanian, Spanish, Latin, and Arabic. The different perspectives. It focuses on the effects of internal developments in the linguistic system, the role of contact with other varieties and the influence that extra-linguistic factors such as sociopolitical and economic developments may have on language. Moreover, as language change is rarely a clear-cut process, the interface between these different forces are explored.

This book brings together the work of eighteen scholars working in the fields of historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and bilingualism and presents hitherto unpublished data from varieties including English, French, Karaim, Modern Greek, Jordanian, Spanish, Latin, and Arabic. The chapters are organized around the themes of levelling, convergence and adaptative mechanisms and combine theoretical debate with case studies of the varieties discussed.

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Introduction
Kimberley Farrar and Mari C. Jones
1. LEVELLING

Dialect contact and koinéization: the case of northern France
David Hornsby

The depicardization of the vernaculars of the Lille conurbation
Tim Pooley

Jordanian and Palestinian dialects in contact: vowel raising in Amman
Enam Al-Wer

2. CONVERGENCE
Mette a haout dauve la grippe des Angllaïs: convergence on the Island of
Guernsey
Mari C. Jones

Modern Greek: towards a standard language or a new diglossia?
David Holton

Standard English and the lexicon: why so many different spellings?
Laura Wright

Latin and Arabic evolutionary processes: some relections
Joseph Cremona

There's sheep and there's penguins: convergence, "drift" and "slant" in
New Zealand and Falkland Island English
David Britain and Andrea Sudbury

3. ADAPTATIVE MECHANISMS

Convergence in the brain: the leakiness of bilinguals' sound systems
Ian Watson

Language contact in early bilinguals: the special statusof function words
Margaret Deuchar and Marilyn May Vihman

4. CODE-COPYING
Contact-induced change in a code-copying framework
Lars Johanson

Karaim: a high-copying language
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Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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