|Chapter title||Contact and sociolinguistic variation|
|Authors||Abtahian, M. and Kasstan, J.|
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 title||The Handbook of Language Contact. 2nd edition|
|Published||28 Jul 2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119485094.ch11|