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  • Contact of closely related language varieties can result in koineization, in which dialect levelling produces some morphological simplification but leaves intact many fairly complex grammatical features common to both language varieties. CYRILLIC IMPOSED IN TRANSDNIESTER.


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  • The creation of a new, stable dialect (the koine) by a mixing of dialects and simplification of conflicting features.

    Middle English might have arisen from Old English partly by koineization with Old Norse in the Danelaw, which in early times of contact was probably close enough to mix. (Though the 1200s Old Norse you normally study wouldn't be.)

    August 29, 2008