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Date: 22-May-2012 From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com> Subject: Linguistic Complexity: Kortmann, Szmrecsanyi (Eds) E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Linguistic Complexity
Subtitle: Second Language Acquisition, Indigenization, Contact
Series Title: De Gruyter linguae & litterae 13
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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
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.