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Title: Linguistic Complexity
Subtitle: Second Language Acquisition, Indigenization, Contact
Edited By: Bernd Kortmann
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Series Title: De Gruyter linguae & litterae 13

Linguistic complexity is one of the currently most hotly debated notions in
linguistics. The essays in this volume reflect the intricacies of thinking
about the complexity of languages and language varieties (here: of English)
in three major contact-related fields of (and schools in) linguistics:
creolistics, indigenization and nativization studies (i.e. in the realm of
English linguistics, the “World Englishes” community), and Second Language
Acquisition (SLA) research: How can we adequately assess linguistic
complexity? Should we be interested in absolute complexity or rather
relative complexity? What is the extent to which language contact and/or
(adult) language learning might lead to morphosyntactic simplification? The
authors in this volume are all leading linguists in different areas of
specialization, and they were asked to elaborate on those facets of
linguistic complexity which are most relevant in their area of
specialization, and/or which strike them as being most intriguing. The
result is a collection of papers that is unique in bringing together
leading representatives of three often disjunct fields of linguistic
scholarship in which linguistic complexity is seen as a dynamic and
inherently variable parameter.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Language Contact
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110229226
Pages: 264
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110229219
Pages: 264
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