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This article describes the phonological treatment of nasal vowels in French loanwords in Standard German, including both northern and southern regional standards, in light of recent language contact theory, in particular Van Coetsem (Loan phonology and the two transfer types in language contact,...
The main thesis of the article is that language change is only partially subject to criteria of functionality and that, as a rule, opposing forces are also at work which often correlate directly with psychological and sociopsychological parameters reflecting themselves in all areas of linguistic...
Short-message service (SMS) discourse, a type of computer-mediated discourse, is a mix of written and spoken language. In this article we show that SMS language is indeed similar to the spoken and written languages, but also differs from them. We provide a description of the salient lexical and...
This article addresses the question of control in Polish in the context of the current Movement vs. Agree debate and the nature of Obligatory Control (OC). More specifically, it aims to show that many phenomena which are allegedly inconvenient for the movement-based theory – such as control...
In dialect contact situations, hyperdialectisms are a common form of hyperadaptation. They are the result of the production of overgeneralised forms in non-standard dialects due to bad analysis. They occur either because of insufficient knowledge about a given linguistic feature or because of...
The article focuses on the French construction nouveau + past participle (e.g. nouveau-né ‘newborn baby’) in which nouveau is traditionally assigned an adverbial value. However, it will be claimed that an alternative analysis, classifying nouveau as an adjective grammaticalising into a...
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