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Structural Factors in Turkic Language Contacts - Lars Johanson

Structural Factors in Turkic Language Contacts

Hardcover Published: 24th January 2002
ISBN: 9780700711826
Number Of Pages: 200

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Recent years have seen an upsurge of interest in the phenomenon of language contact and in the application of new methods to the investigation of this phenomenon. In this book, the author examines contributions that can be made to the general debate, in particular concerning structural factors in language contact, by examining contacts between Turkic and non-Turkic languages. These contacts have been sufficiently intensive and long-lasting to produce such phenomena as Turkic languages some of whose grammatical components are almost totally modelled on non-Turkic patterns, and non-Turkic languages including grammatical components similarly patterned after Turkic. Under appropriate social circumstances, in particular contact that is sufficiently intense and sufficiently intense and sufficiently long-lasting, almost any feature from one language can ultimately be copied into another. The interplay of structural and social factors brings us to the heart of the author's argumentation: The likelihood of a particular structure being copied into another language is determined in part by social factors (such as the prestige of the language from which the structure is to be copied), in part by structural factors, the latter subsumed under the general heading of 'attractiveness'. This is a careful and insightful contribution to the general literature on language contact, in addition to its interest for students of Turkic languages. Many false generalisations that still all too frequently find their way into the literature on language contact are laid bare, and the methodology here used in evaluating particular instances of language contact involving Turkic languages can be used with profit by all students of language contact.

Code Copying in Turkic Language Contacts
Turkic language contacts
Code copying
Turkic characteristics
The Role of Structural Factors
Suggested restrictions
Scales of Stability
Attractive features
Social factors
Relative attractiveness
Differences between languages
Deep influence
Types of influence involved in language maintenance and language shift
Structural Copying in Various Linguistic Domains
Turkic-non-Turkic convergence
Phonological features
Word structure
Grammatical categories
Syntactic combinational patterns
General and Areal Tendencies
General tendencies
Sources of areal tendencies
Early levelling of Turkic?
Similarities in the most stable substructures
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ISBN: 9780700711826
ISBN-10: 0700711821
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 24th January 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1

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