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Title: Isolation and Language Change
Subtitle: Contemporary and Sociohistorical Evidence From Tristan da Cunha English
Written By: Daniel Schreier
Description:

Extremely isolated communities offer 'laboratory conditions' for examining the processes of language change and dialect formation. This book presents findings of the first-ever ethnographic fieldwork on the most remote island in the world with a permanent population, Tristan da Cunha. It documents the historical formation of a unique local dialect and investigates the sociolinguistic mechanisms that underlie dialect contact and new-dialect formation. It also uncovers the linguistic consequences of post-insularity
- language change processes as a result of increasing contacts with other communities and speakers. Researchers and students of language variation will find this book a unique resource.

KEY FEATURES

1 Large number of linguists interested in empirical studies of language variation/dialectology as basic to all sociolinguistic and historical linguistics training
2 Unique data: the first-ever ethnographic fieldwork in this community, so both spoken and written evidence
3 Isolation now recognised in language variationist work as a valuable 'laboratory' for testing theories of dialect formation
4 Both historical and contemporary data

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Contact, Isolation and Language Change: A Theoretical Framework
Tristan da Cunha - Methodology and Fieldwork - Determining Input Interaction
Present Tense Concord
Categoricality and Homogenisation
Present/past be regularisation
Dynamism vs Retention
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Innovation and Independent Developments useta went
Conclusion
Notes
Appendix: Some Phonetic and Phonological Aspects of Tristan da Cunha English
Bibliography
Index

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

DANIEL SCHREIER is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He has published extensively on contact linguistics and new-dialect formation and has taught and lectured in Switzerland, the
USA and in New Zealand.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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ISBN: 1403904073
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Pages: 256
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