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Why Universals Versus Contact-induced Change?

BySARAH G. THOMASON

This chapter explores several theoretical issues that arise in the study of universals of language change, from the perspective of both processes of dialect divergence and language contact. A major conclusion is that drawing a dichotomy between proposed ‘vernacular universals’ and contact-induced change is not a good idea because many linguistic changes involve both kinds of process-that is, various processes of contact-induced change and also universal tendencies of various kinds.