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Title: Languages in Contact
Subtitle: The Partial Restructuring of Vernaculars
Written By: John Holm

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

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Afrikaans
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521430518
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 196
Prices: U.S. $ 75.00
U.K. £ 45.00