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Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact : Language Contact and Grammatical Change - Bernd Heine

Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact

Language Contact and Grammatical Change

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Published: 11th May 2005
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The phenomenon of language contact, and how it affects the structure of languages, has been of great interest to linguists in recent years. This pioneering new study looks at how grammatical forms and structures evolve when speakers of two languages come into contact, and offers an interesting new insight into the mechanism that induces people to transfer grammatical structures from one language to another. Drawing on findings from languages all over the world, Language Contact and Grammatical Change shows that the transfer of linguistic material across languages is quite regular and follows universal patterns of grammaticalization - contrary to previous claims that it is a fairly irregular process - and argues that internal and external explanations of language structure and change are in no way mutually exclusive. Engaging and informative, this book will be of great interest to sociolinguists, linguistic anthropologists, and all those working on grammaticalization, language contact, and language change.

'...[the book will become] a starting point for further investigation of the interplay between grammaticalization and language contact.' Journal of Linguistics

List of maps
List of tables
Series editor's foreword
Preface
List of abbreviations
The framework
On replicating use patterns
Grammaticalization
Typological change
On linguistic areas
Limits of replication
Conclusions
Notes
References
Index of authors
Index of languages
Index of subjects
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ISBN: 9780521608282
ISBN-10: 0521608287
Series: Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 11th May 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.48