Dialect contact and koinéization: the case of northern France

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. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/1309 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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