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Title: Dialect Contact and Social Networks
Subtitle: Language Change in an Anglophone Community in Japan
Written By: Keiko Hirano
Series Title: Bamberger Beiträge zur Englischen Sprachwissenschaft / Bamberg Studies in English Linguistics - Band 56

This book explores a dialect contact situation in a second language setting – native speakers of English coming to Japan from different parts of the world as English teachers. It focuses on an Anglophone community in which speakers are socially and geographically mobile and have loose-knit networks with speakers of different languages and dialects. This longitudinal sociolinguistic study aims to investigate the relatively short-term linguistic changes induced by frequent face-to-face interaction with speakers of different dialects and to illustrate the impact of social network effects. Statistical analyses reveal that the individual speakers’ interpersonal ties are important factors that influence the linguistic behaviour of the speakers in a dialect contact situation in an L2 setting.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783631627761
Pages: 314
Prices: U.S. $ 80.95
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783653027822
Pages: 314
Prices: U.S. $ 80.95
U.K. £ 49
Europe EURO 61.6
Germany € 73.30