Hornsby, David (2006) Dialect contact and koinéization: the case of northern France. In: Language Change: The Interplay of Internal, External and Extra-Linguistic Factors. Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 19-28. ISBN 3 11 017202.
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Traditional views of dialect obsolescence have failed to address the question of differential attrition of local variants. This article attempts to make sense of this phenomenon, by arguing that, far from being a random process, the loss of some variants but not others is predictable in the light of theories of koinéization. An arguably more important theoretical contribution, however, lies in the claim that the relative importance of the two main koinéization processes, i.e. reduction and simplification, will depend on population density and the structure of local networks.
|Item Type:||Book section|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
|Divisions:||Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages|
|Depositing User:||Diane Peretti|
|Date Deposited:||19 Dec 2007 18:51|
|Last Modified:||14 Jan 2010 14:02|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/1309 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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