Dialect Leveling And Language Change
(Hinskens, Kallen & Taeldeman 2000). This view is shared by Trudgill, who refers to it as "the reduction or …show more content…
Why does it occur? The first factor we need to discuss is the need to be understood. When we meet someone from a different region or country and we have the necessity to communicate and be understood we will automatically standardize the way we speak. The speaker sometimes can acquire an awareness of what kind of features the interlocutors will struggle to understand (see Hugen’s 1966 discussion of intra-scandinavian communication) and accommodate his dialect or accent.
The reasons behind this variation can be found in…. The first is the geographical diffusion factor, called regional dialect leveling, which is a process that involves features spreading out from a populous, economically and culturally dominant center to the surrounding areas (Britain 2002a;Trudgill1983). Levelling (as distinct from regional dialect levelling) is necessarily restricted to smaller geographical areas, such as new towns or compact regions; and non-contact, extra-linguistic factors including identity, attitudes and