Review article Dialect contact and koineization JEFF SIEGEL Peter Trudgill: Dialects in Contact. Oxford: Blackwell, 1986. Peter TrudgilFs book is about the linguistic change resulting from language contact. But it deals primarily with contact between linguistic Subsystems, such äs regional dialects and sociolects, rather than contact between distinct languages. The author examines data on the consequences of contact between dialects of many languages. These include dialects of English, Norwegian, and Swedish in situ, and also dialects of English transplanted in Australia, Canada, and the Falkland Islands, and dialects of Hindi in Fiji, Trinidad, and Mauritius. On the basis of this däta, he attempts to make generalizations about the linguistic processes involved and begins to develop a theory of dialect contact. This review Starts off with a detailed summary of this important and influential work and then goes on to a critical examination of the author's generalizations and theory, especially with regard to koineization. Summary The book is divided into four chapters, the first three gradually developing a theory of the consequences of dialect contact, and the last applying this theory to explain the development of some major overseas English dialects. Chapter l, "Accommodation between dialects," examines face-to-face contact
International Journal of the Sociology of Language – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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