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Evolutionary Syntax

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The Making of Vernacular Singapore English

By Zhiming Bao

This book "proposes a new theory of contact-induced grammatical restructuring" and "offers a new analytical approach to New English from a formal or structural perspective."

Academic Paper

Title: Unbalanced bilingual acquisition as a mechanism of grammatical change
Author: Stephen Matthews
Institution: University of Hong Kong
Author: Virginia Yip
Institution: Chinese University of Hong Kong
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition
Abstract: Bilingual first language acquisition (BFLA) has been considered a possible mechanism of contact-induced change in several recent studies (Siegel, 2008, p. 117; Satterfield, 2005, p. 2075; Thomason, 2001, p. 148; Yip & Matthews, 2007, p.15). There is as yet little consensus on the question, with divergent views regarding both BFLA at the individual level and the implications for language change at the community level.


This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 14, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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