Contact and sociolinguistic variation

Abtahian, M. and Kasstan, J. 2020. Contact and sociolinguistic variation. in: Hickey, R. (ed.) The Handbook of Language Contact. 2nd edition Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 221-239

Chapter titleContact and sociolinguistic variation
AuthorsAbtahian, M. and Kasstan, J.
EditorsHickey, R.
Abstract

This chapter deals with research in the variationist paradigm that intersects with the field of language contact. It focuses on sound change as well as a significant part of the tradition of variationist sociolinguistics. The chapter discusses the types of changes that are possible in the context of different language-contact scenarios, as well as some of the distinctions that are made between different types of change and different types of language-contact scenarios. It highlights how variationist methods have contributed to understanding of contact-induced change in such contexts. The chapter expands on a few notable cases of variation in the context of contact with respect to dichotomous notions: internally- vs externally motivated changes; phonetically natural vs. unnatural changes; and socially “predictable” vs “unpredictable” effects in contact settings. The chapter infers that cases of language shift can precipitate micro-level structural changes in the grammar of individuals and across the speech community.

Book titleThe Handbook of Language Contact. 2nd edition
Page range221-239
Year2020
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Publication dates
Published28 Jul 2020
ISBN9781119485025
9781119485094
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119485094.ch11

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