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Mon Feb 9 2004

Books: Sociolinguistics: Holm

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  1. jreid, Languages in Contact: Holm

Message 1: Languages in Contact: Holm

Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 16:36:33 +0000
From: jreid <>
Subject: Languages in Contact: Holm

Title: Languages in Contact
Subtitle: The Partial Restructuring of Vernaculars
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Book URL:
Author: John Holm

Hardback: ISBN: 0521430518, Pages: 200, Price: U.K. £: 40
Hardback: ISBN: 0521430518, Pages: 200, Price: U.S. $: 65

There is widespread agreement that certain non-creole language
varieties are structurally quite different from the European languages
out of which they grew; however, until now, linguists have found
difficulty in accounting for either their genesis or their synchronic
structure. This study argues that the transmission of source languages
from native to non-native speakers led to 'partial restructuring',
whereby some of the source languages' morphosyntax was retained, but a
significant number of substrate and interlanguage features were also
introduced. Comparing languages such as African-American English,
Afrikaans and Brazilian Vernacular Portuguese, John Holm identifies
the linguistic processes that lead to partial restructuring, bringing
into focus a key span on the continuum of contact-induced language
change which has not previously been analysed. Informed by the first
systematic comparison of the social and linguistic facts in the
development of these languages, this book will be welcomed by students
of contact linguistics, sociolinguistics and anthropology.

1. Language contact and partial restructuring
2. Social factors in partial restructuring
3. The verb phrase
4. The noun phrase
5. The structure of clauses
6. Conclusions.

Lingfield(s):	Anthropological Linguistics
Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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