Dialect stability and divergence in southern Spain

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The aim of this paper is to show how social stratification and small-scale variablessuch as social network and social history, interact in explaining why lowprestigedialect use persists in spite of the current urban middle-class trendsof convergence towards either the national or the regional standard varieties(Villena-Ponsoda 2005). Even though Andalusian urban varieties show strongand relatively recent trends of convergence towards the national standard, andreveal patterns of phonemic merger reversion and reallocation (Villena & Vida2004), rural and ‘rurban’ varieties maintain and even tend to reinforce vernaculardialect features that are leading to the formation of minority non-standardhighly stigmatised inventories (Villena Ponsoda 2008).


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