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Title: Identity formation and accommodation: Sequential and simultaneous relations
Author: Donald N. Tuten
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Institution: Emory University
Linguistic Field: Linguistic Theories; Sociolinguistics
Abstract: Trudgill argues cogently against identity and in favor of automaticity as the primary basis for accommodation in koine formation. I agree with the general thrust of his arguments, and below offer qualifications and evidence that support them, but I also present caveats and alternative views, particularly with regard to the ordering relations between identity (or identity formation) and accommodation.


This article appears IN Language in Society Vol. 37, Issue 2.

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