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Dialect Emergence in Waumandee English


David N. Ehrat

Contents: Waumandee history – Immigrants – Choice and defense of traditional dialect approach – Description of sample population – Setting up a questionnaire – Language change mechanisms in Waumandee – Different parameters governing the analysis – Ethnicity – Gender – Psychological factors of intercultural language acquisition – Dialect emergence and how a dialect can be defined against a standard – Family tree model and Wave Theory – Language contact in Waumandee – Establishing a lingua franca – Diachronic results from synchronic data – The dialect situation surrounding Waumandee – Vowel sounds – Great Vowel Shift – Consonant sounds – Metathesis – Grimm’s Law – Hypercorrections – Sandhi forms – Overview over the progressing changes in Waumandee English.