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Leveling
(3,463 words)

1. Definition

Leveling is defined by Blanc (1960:62) as a process that occurs in “inter-dialectal contact”. In such contacts, speakers may replace some features from their own dialect with those of another dialect that carries more prestige. The different dialect is not necessarily that of the listener. Blanc cites the example of villagers in central Palestine who may try to use the dialec…

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Reem Bassiouney, “Leveling”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 20 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0188>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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