LINGUIST List 20.3271

Sun Sep 27 2009

Books: Socioling/General Ling: Matras

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Language Contact: Matras

Message 1: Language Contact: Matras
Date: 26-Sep-2009
From: Daniel Davies <>
Subject: Language Contact: Matras
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Title: Language Contact Published: 2009 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Yaron Matras Hardback: ISBN: 9780521825351 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521825351 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521532211 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 23.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521532211 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 45.00

Most societies in today's world are multilingual. 'Language contact' occurswhen speakers of different languages interact and their languages influenceeach other. This book is an introduction to the subject, coveringindividual and societal multilingualism, the acquisition of two or morelanguages from birth, second language acquisition in adulthood, languagechange, linguistic typology, language processing and the structure of thelanguage faculty. It explains the effects of multilingualism on society andlanguage policy, as well as the consequences that long-term bilingualismwithin communities can have for the structure of languages. Drawing on theauthor's own first-hand observations of child and adult bilingualism, thebook provides a clear analysis of such phenomena as language convergence,grammatical borrowing, and mixed languages.

1. Introduction;2. An emerging multilingual repertoire;3. Societal multilingualism;4. Acquiring and maintaining a bilingual repertoire;5. Crossing the boundaries: Codeswitching in conversation;6. The replication of linguistic 'matter';7. Lexical borrowing;8. Grammatical and phonological borrowing;9. Converging structures: Pattern replication;10. Contact languages;11. Outlook.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics                             Sociolinguistics
Written In: English (eng )

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