Stability and Divergence in Language Contact

Factors and Mechanisms

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  • Editors: Kurt Braunmüller1, Steffen Höder2, and Karoline Kühl3
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027269553

Convergence, i.e. the increase of inter-systemic similarities, is usually considered the default development in language contact situations. This volume focuses on the other logical possibilities of diachronic development, namely stability and divergence – two well-attested, but under-researched phenomena. The contributions investigate the sociolinguistic and structural factors and mechanisms that lead to or at least reinforce both types of non-convergence, despite of language contact. The contributions cover a wide range of language contact situations, including standard and non-standard varieties.

Subjects: Theoretical linguistics; Historical linguistics; Contact Linguistics; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Hamburg; 2: University of Kiel; 3: University of Copenhagen

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