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1. Introduction: the study of dialect convergence and divergence - conceptual and methodological considerations F. Hinskens, P. Auer and P. Kerswill Part I. Convergence/Divergence and Linguistic Structure: 2. Internal and external factors in phonological convergence J. Kallen 3. Dialect convergence, mixing, and models of language contact: the case of Italy G. Berruto 4. Convergence and divergence in grammar L. Cornips and K. Corrigan 5. Phonology, grammar and discourse in dialect convergence J. Cheshire, A. Williams and P. Kerswill Part II. Macro-Sociolinguistic Motivations of Convergence and Divergence: 6. Processes of standardisation in Scandinavia I. L. Pedersen 7. The birth of new-dialect formation P. Kerswill and P. Trudgill 8. Dialect convergence in language islands P. Rosenberg 9. Political borders and dialect divergence/convergence in Europe C. Woolhiser 10. The influence of the cities J. Taeldeman Part III. Micro-Sociolinguistic Motivations: 11. Subjective factors in dialect convergence and divergence T. Kristiansen and J. N. Jorgensen 12. How similar are people who speak alike? An interpretive way of using social networks in social dialectology research J. Villena Ponsoda 13. The role of interpersonal accommodation in a theory of language change P. Auer and F. Hinskens.