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Language Contact An Introduction

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ISBN-10: 0878408541

ISBN-13: 9780878408542

Edition: 2001

Authors: Sarah G. Thomason

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 6/5/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

What is language contact?
What about the people in contact situations?
How old is language contact?
Where is language contact?
What happens to languages in contact?
Sources and further reading
Contact Onsets and Stability
How do languages come into contact?
Stable and unstable contact situations
Sources and further reading
Multilingualism in Nations and Individuals
Multilingual nations, multilingual people
Attitudes toward multilingualism
One nation, more than one language
Language policies and language planning
A case study: India
Social and political consequences of multilingualism
Multilingualism in individuals: learning and using two or more languages
Sources and further reading
Contact-Induced Language Change: Results
Are some linguistic features unborrowable?
Social predictors of contact-induced change: intensity of contact
Social predictors of contact-induced change: imperfect learning vs. its absence
When imperfect learning plays no role in the interference process
When imperfect learning plays a role in the interference process
Linguistic predictors of contact-induced change
Speakers' attitudes: why contact-induced change is unpredictable
Effects on the recipient-language structure
How can we tell whether contact-induced change has occurred?
Sources and further reading
Linguistic Areas
A definition
Some linguistic areas around the world
The Balkans
The Baltic
The Ethiopian highlands
South Asia
The Sepik River basin, New Guinea
The Pacific Northwest of North America
The complex histories of linguistic areas
Sources and further reading
Contact-Induced Language Change: Mechanisms
Code alternation
Passive familiarity
Second-language acquisition strategies
Bilingual first-language acquisition
Deliberate decision
Two final points about mechanisms of interference
Sources and further reading
Contact Language I: Pidgins and Creoles
What, when, where?
When and where?
Pidgins and creoles are not maximally simple and not all alike
Pidgin/creole genesis theories: where does the grammar come from?
Abrupt genesis scenarios
Gradual genesis scenarios
Do different genesis routes have different linguistic outcomes?
The rest of the field
Sources and further reading
Contact Languages II: Other Mixed Languages
What, when, where?
Two routes to bilingual mixed-language genesis
The genesis of bilingual mixed languages in persistent ethnic groups
The abrupt genesis of bilingual mixed languages in new ethnic groups
Prospects for future study
Sources and further reading
Language Death
Defining language death
A theoretical framework
How do languages die?
Grammatical replacement
No loss of structure, not much borrowing
Sources and further reading
Endangered Languages
Sources and further reading
A Map of Some Contact Situations Around the World
Official Languages in the World's Nations
Language index
Names index
Subject index