Publisher description for Dialect change : convergence and divergence in European languages / edited by Peter Auer, Frans Hinskens, and Paul Kerswill.
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With dialects constantly changing and mobility increasing in recent years, it has become difficult to distinguish between such local accents as one from London or Reading, Bonn or Cologne. This book's authoritative contributors cover all aspects of recent dialect change, in particular, dialect convergence and divergence. Each commissioned chapter, based on original research, provides an overview of a particular issue and presents case studies to illustrate points raised.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Europe Languages Dialects, Sociolinguistics Europe, Linguistic change Europe