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Name: Sarah  G Thomason
Institution: University of Michigan
Email: click here to access email
Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ling/people/Sarah_Thomason.htm
State and/or Country: MI
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Anthropological Linguistics
Genetic Classification
Specialty: historical linguistics, language contact, pidgins & creoles, Native American linguistics (especially Salishan), typological universals
Language Family(ies): Salishan
Selected Publications: Language Contact, Creolization, and Genetic Linguistics (with Terrence Kaufman; University of California Press, 1988)

Contact Languages: A Wider Perspective (ed. volume; John Benjamins, 1997)

Language Contact: An Introduction (Edinburgh University Press & Georgetown University Press, 2001)

'Chinook Jargon in areal and historical context' (Language, 1983)

'Genetic relationship and the case of Ma'a (Mbugu)' (Studies in African Linguistics, 1983)

'Before the Lingua Franca: Pidgin Arabic in the 11th century A.D.' (with Alaa Elgibali; Lingua, 1986)

'Transitivity in Flathead' (with Daniel Everett; Salish Conference preprints volume, 1993)

'Truncation in Montana Salish' (with Lucy Thomason = first author; Festschrift for Dale Kinkade, 2004)
Announced on LINGUIST :  Contact Languages: A Wider Perspective
Courses Taught: Historical Linguistics

Language Contact

The Structure of a Native American Language: Montana Salish

Endangered Languages

Introduction to Linguistics

Sound Patterns

Research Writing in Linguistics
Dissertation Director * of: Hungarian Inflectional Morphology: A descriptive study
(Anna Fenyvesi, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Bilinguals in Style: Linguistic practices and ideologies of Cantonese-English codemixers in Hong Kong
(Katherine Hoi Ying Chen, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Shifting Dunes: Changing meanings of Urdu in India
(Rizwan Ahmad, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: A Comparative Study of Middle and Inchoative Alternations in Arabic and English
(Abdelgawad Mahmoud, Author)
Academic Paper Abstract: Is morphosyntactic change really rare?

* This information has been submitted by the dissertation author.

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