Stability and Divergence in Language Contact

Factors and Mechanisms

| University of Hamburg
| University of Kiel
| University of Copenhagen
ISBN 9789027234964 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027269553 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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.
[Studies in Language Variation, 16]  2014.  vi, 298 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Kurt Braunmüller
Part I: Theoretical aspects
Linguistic stability and divergence: An extended perspective on language contact
Karoline Kühl and Kurt Braunmüller
Convergence vs. divergence from a diasystematic perspective
Steffen Höder
Part II: Empirical studies
Stability and convergence in case marking: Low and High German
Kristian Berg
Towards a typological classification of Judeo-Spanish: Analyzing syntax and prosody of Bulgarian judezmo
Susann Fischer, Christoph Gabriel and Elena Kireva
Despite or because of intensive contact? Internal, external and extralinguistic aspects of divergence in modern dialects and ethnolects of Dutch
Frans L. Hinskens
Stability in Chinese and Malay heritage languages as a source of divergence
Suzanne Aalberse and Francesca Moro
Does convergence generate stability? The case of the Cypriot Greek koiné
Stavroula Tsiplakou
Gender and noun inflection: The fate of ‘vulnerable’ categories in Northern Norwegian
Hilde Sollid, Philipp Conzett and Åse Mette Johansen
Dialect stability and divergence in southern Spain: Social and personal motivations
Juan-Andrés Villena-Ponsoda and Antonio-Manuel Ávila-Muñoz
The Bergen dialect splits in two
Helge Sandoy, Ragnhild Lie Anderson and Maria-Rosa Doublet
Diachronic convergence and divergence in differential object marking between Spanish and Portuguese
Hans-Jörg Döhla
Person index
Subject index
“Among the linguistic studies of contact-induced variation/change this book occupies an exceptional position. Whereas research on contact between languages and intralingual varieties traditionally focuses on convergence as a kind of natural effect of language contact and/or claims that stability is only possible when there is/was no contact at all, this book demonstrates that (1) language contact may go together with structural stability and (2) language contact may even initiate or reinforce diverging structural developments. It gives an insight into the factors and mechanisms which may trigger stability or divergence, including both sociolinguistic and structural parameters of language contact situations.”
“Due to its innovative approach and its focus on stability and divergence in diachronic development as two under-researched phenomena, this book occupies an outstanding position in the existing literature on contact linguistics, presenting cutting-edge research on the phenomena under investigation. The authors convincingly show that both stability and divergence occur not only independently of language contact, but also as its direct outcome, taking into account both sociolinguistic and structural factors and mechanisms.”
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BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009050 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
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