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Title: Dynamics of Contact-Induced Language Change
Edited By: Claudine Chamoreau
Isabelle Léglise
Series Title: Language Contact and Bilingualism (LCB) 2

The volume deals with previously undescribed morphosyntactic variations and
changes appearing in settings involving language contact. Contact-induced
changes are defined as dynamic and multiple, involving internal change as
well as historical and sociolinguistic factors. A variety of explanations
are identified and their relationships are analyzed. Only a multifaceted
methodology enables this fine-grained approach to contact-induced change. A
range of methodologies are proposed, but the chapters generally have their
roots in a typological perspective. The contributors recognize the
precautionary principle: for example, they emphasize the difficulty of
studying languages that have not been described adequately and for which
diachronic data are not extensive or reliable.
Three main perspectives on contact-induced language change are presented.
The first explores the role of multilingual speakers in contact-induced
language change, especially their spontaneous innovations in discourse. The
second explores the differences between ordinary contact-induced change and
change in endangered languages. The third discusses various aspects of the
relationship between contact-induced change and internal change.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Language Contact
Language Change
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110271430
Pages: 393
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110271331
Pages: 393
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95