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Title: Vernacular Universals and Language Contacts
Subtitle: Evidence from Varieties of English and Beyond
Edited By: Markku Filppula
Juhani Klemola
Heli Paulasto
URL: http://routledge.com/9780415992398
Series Title: Routledge Studies in Germanic Linguistics
Description:

In this book, contributors have been brought together to discuss the role
of two major factors shaping the grammars of different varieties of English
(and of other languages) all over the world: so-called vernacular
universals and contact-induced change. Rather than assuming a general
typological perspective, the studies in this volume focus on putative
universal vernacular features – significant phonological or (morpho-)
syntactic parallels found in non-standard varieties of English,
English-based Creoles, and also varieties of other languages, all of which
represent widely differing sociolinguistic and historical backgrounds.
These universals are then set against the other major explanatory factor:
contact-induced change, by which we understand both the possibility of
dialect contact (or dialect diffusion) and language contact (including
superstratal, substratal and adstratal influences).

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0415992397
ISBN-13: 9780415992398
Pages: 386
Prices: U.K. £ 60.00
U.S. $ 120.00