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In any process of linguistic standardization, the promotion of one variety to the status of standard triggers the devaluation of the other linguistic varieties present within the boundaries of the nation state and impinges upon their domains. Diachronically speaking, this process is a constant...
Wallonia (Romance Belgium) is the Oïl region where French today is most exposed to regional languages. This situation is all the more remarkable because this same Wallonia took part very early in the development of French beyond its original geographical area. This article addresses, firstly,...
Norway has sometimes been described as a sociolinguistic paradise with its abundant linguistic heterogeneity — both written and spoken. Dialect diversity has been and is still considerable and dialects are used in practically all social domains. However, dialects in Norway are changing. In this...
This article challenges the received view that geolinguistic variation in France is both imminent and inevitable. It is certainly true that France's ancestral dialects and regional languages are in terminal decline, and that a combination of late industrialization and the dominance of an...
I survey here some of the recent evidence of dialect attrition from sociolinguistic and variationist studies carried out in England. In doing so, and by highlighting the origins of some of the ongoing changes in English dialects, I hope to make three claims in particular: firstly, that dialect...
At the end of the twentieth century, a representative sample of people from the whole of the Netherlands was asked, for the first time in history, about their dialect use. The survey was held in 1998, at a period in which the Dutch generally considered themselves as happy and living in a...
Dialect loss is a relatively new but by now quite general phenomenon in Flanders (i.e., Dutch-speaking Belgium). Although the processes of dialect change and dialect loss have proceeded with great regional differences in speed and intensity in the past decades, there is a general tendency toward...
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