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Li, Jian. 2019. When a koiné meets larger lingua francas: attrition of English loanwords in Shanghainese induced by new language contacts. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 40 (8) : 721–736.
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This study suggests lexical attrition of Shanghainese, caused by the intense contact between Shanghainese and Putonghua (PTH). In the new contact triggered by nationwide migration, the national lingua franca -PTH- has cut off the direct contact between Shanghainese (S) and English and there is an attrition of English loanwords in S. Shanghainese has retreated from a regional koiné to a vernacular.