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date: 22 October 2018

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This article discusses the role of dialect contact in phonological change, i.e. when varieties of a language are transplanted to colonial settings. Focus is given to both the conditions that favour phonological change and the eventual outcomes of koinéization (mixing, levelling, reallocation, etc.), illustrated with examples from English around the world.

Keywords: phonological change, koinéization, contact linguistics, mixing, levelling

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