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Journal Title: Journal of Language Contact
Volume/Issue:   6/2
Issue Title: Contact Among Genetically Related Languages
Date: 2013
Table of Contents: (http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/19552629/6/2)

Thematic Issue on Contact Among Genetically Related Languages
Guest Editors: Patience Epps, John Huehnergard and Na’ama Pat-El

Introduction: Contact Among Genetically Related Languages
Patience Epps, John Huehnergard and Na’ama Pat-El

Arabia and Areal Hybridity
Ahmad Al-Jallad

Challenges and Benefits of Contact among Relatives: Morphological Copying
Marianne Mithun

Inherited similarity and contact-induced change in Mayan Languages
Danny Law

Hittite and Hieroglyphic Luvian arha ‘away’: Common Inheritance or Borrowing?
H. Craig Melchert

Contact or Inheritance? Criteria for distinguishing internal and external change in genetically related languages
Na’ama Pat-El

Inheritance, calquing, or independent innovation? Reconstructing morphological complexity in Amazonian numerals
Patience Epps

Aspects of Aramaic and Babylonian Linguistic Interaction in First Millennium BC Iraq
Paul-Alain Beaulieu

Phylogenetic and areal models of Indo-European relatedness: The role of contact in reconstruction
Bridget Drinka

Relatedness as a Factor in Language Contact
Claire Bowern
Publisher: Brill
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Sociolinguistics
Typology
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
Tuscarora
Akkadian
Luwian, Hieroglyphic
Hittite
Sabaean
Aramaic, Official
Language Family(ies): Mayan
Semitic
Indo-European
Upper Amazon
 
LL Issue: 24.3976