Last Modified: 2011-07-01
a language type that is characterized by a particular regional or social group
Social differences (economic ecology, social class, communities of practice)
Settlement patterns (founder effect, migration, contact)
Coinage (creating new words)
Conversion (change part of speech)
Back formation (burgle to burglar)
turn taking spacing
Transparency (multiple negation)
Grammaticalization (morphological reduction)
Mergers (cot/caught, pin/pen)
Perception based changes
Chain shifts (pull/push shifts)
Semantic changes (shift of meanings)
drawn between towns
drawn through towns
attached to a particular variety by the community at large and that defines how people should speak in order to gain status in the wider community
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