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Linguistic Accommodation


De Benito Moreno, Carlota (2023). Linguistic Accommodation. In: van Gijn, Rik; Ruch, Hanna; Wahlström, Max; Hasse, Anja. Language contact : Briding the gap between individual interactions and areal patterns. Berlin: Language Science Press, 17-48.

Abstract

This chapter reviews literature on linguistic accommodation and discusses the role of accommodation in language change. In the first part, theoretical models of accommodation and linguistic change are introduced and discussed. In these models, linguistic accommodation (also convergence or synchronization) between individuals is regarded as an important mechanism of language change at the community level. However, more research is needed to validate theoretical models of accommodation and language change. The second part reviews the common research methods of accommodation studies, with a focus on dialect contact. The reviewed studies on short- and long-term accommodation used a large variety of methods and data, which makes comparisons across different studies and languages difficult. The third part of the chapter briefly reviews patterns and processes of accommodation found in the reviewed literature, to identify – in the fourth part – the most important linguistic and extralinguistic factors involved in accommodation. The chapter concludes by drawing attention to research gaps in the area of linguistic accommodation and language change, and proposing possible and desired directions for future research.

Abstract

This chapter reviews literature on linguistic accommodation and discusses the role of accommodation in language change. In the first part, theoretical models of accommodation and linguistic change are introduced and discussed. In these models, linguistic accommodation (also convergence or synchronization) between individuals is regarded as an important mechanism of language change at the community level. However, more research is needed to validate theoretical models of accommodation and language change. The second part reviews the common research methods of accommodation studies, with a focus on dialect contact. The reviewed studies on short- and long-term accommodation used a large variety of methods and data, which makes comparisons across different studies and languages difficult. The third part of the chapter briefly reviews patterns and processes of accommodation found in the reviewed literature, to identify – in the fourth part – the most important linguistic and extralinguistic factors involved in accommodation. The chapter concludes by drawing attention to research gaps in the area of linguistic accommodation and language change, and proposing possible and desired directions for future research.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
08 Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
470 Latin & Italic languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
Language:English
Date:2023
Deposited On:16 Feb 2024 09:18
Last Modified:27 Feb 2024 10:11
Publisher:Language Science Press
Number:8
ISBN:978-3-98554-078-5
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Related URLs:https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8269092
Other Identification Number:ganzes Buch: 10.5281/zenodo.8269092 (DOI)
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)