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Title: Language Adaptation
Edited By: Florian Coulmas
Description:

Language Adaptation examines the process by which a speech community is
forced to adopt an active role in making its language suitable for changing
functional requirements. This wide-ranging collection of essays looks at
this phenomenon from a variety of historical and synchronic perspectives,
and brings together the work of a number of leading scholars in the field.
Several different languages are examined at different stages of their
history, including Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Kiswahili, German and
Hindi. This well-informed book is a significant contribution to the
existing literature on language planning, and is the first to use one
theoretical concept to deal with the relationship between natural and
deliberate language change. It shows that language adaptation is a
particular aspect of language change, and thus establishes a link between
the social and the historical study of language. It will appeal to graduate
students and professionals in linguistics and the social sciences, as well
as to practitioners of language planning.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521107471
Prices: U.K. £ 15.99
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