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Contact: The Interaction of Closely Related Linguistic Varieties and the History of English

Robert McColl Millar


Contact discusses the ways in which linguistic contact between closely related varieties differs from contact between fully discrete varieties. Particular focus is given to the development of English. Case studies are taken from recent contact of this type – such as the creation of New Zealand and Australian English. These are then compared with similar contact areas, such as Irish English, Ulster Scots and the Scots dialects of Orkney and Shetland. Finally, the rapid breakdown of inflection in late Old English and early Middle English will be considered as an example of near-relative contact. ... More

Keywords: English, Scots, Contact Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Koineisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474409087
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert McColl Millar, author
University of Aberdeen