Dialects converging. Rural speech in urban Norway. Paul Kerswill.

Dialects converging. Rural speech in urban Norway

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994. First edition, 8vo, pp. xi, [3], 181; fine copy in the dust jacket. Recent models of dialect contact, notably in the work of Trudgill, Chambers, James Milroy, and Labov have stressed the importance of the notions of salience, simplification, linguistic complexity, and the speech community in accounting for the patterns that arise. In this case-study of the speech of rural migrants in the Norwegian city of Bergen, Paul Kerswill critically examines the usefulness of these concepts, and puts recent models of dialect contact to the test for the first time against a case of such contact as it is actually happening. Item #32465

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