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LINGUIST List 23.2460

Wed May 23 2012

Books: Linguistic Complexity: Kortmann, Szmrecsanyi (Eds)

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Date: 22-May-2012
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Linguistic Complexity: Kortmann, Szmrecsanyi (Eds)
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Title: Linguistic Complexity
Subtitle: Second Language Acquisition, Indigenization, Contact
Series Title: De Gruyter linguae & litterae 13
Published: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/44275?format=G

Editor: Bernd Kortmann
Editor: Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110229226 Pages: 264 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110229219 Pages: 264 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

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.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition
                            Language Contact
                            Morphology
                            Sociolinguistics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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