2004
Volume 66, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0039-8691
  • E-ISSN: 2215-1214

Abstract

Abstract

The present paper adds empirical evidence to the observation that dialect contact can lead to language change, and in particular, structural simplification. Empirically, the paper maps out the differences in the speed of the transition from stage II to stage III in different Middle Low German scribal dialects () and proposes an account for these differences.

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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): contact-induced change; dialect contact; Jespersen’s cycle; Middle Low German
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