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Hout, Roeland van and Stefan Grondelaers. 2016. How (in)coherent can standard languages be? A perceptual perspective on co-variation. Lingua 172,173 : 62–71.
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Prestige (either overt and conservative, or latent and modern, as in modern Belgian Standard Dutch) seems not the sole force molding and preserving coherence in Europe's standard (and co-occuring non-standard) language varieties. The growth of zero prestige variants in standard language contexts indicates the presence of a “perceptual harmony” measure, i.e. an implicit speaker-hearer consensus on how much socially relevant variability a particular context may involve or permit.