LINGUIST List 25.2835

Sun Jul 06 2014

Books: Language Contact, Inherited Similarity and Social Difference: Law

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Date: 03-Jul-2014
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Subject: Language Contact, Inherited Similarity and Social Difference: Law
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Title: Language Contact, Inherited Similarity and Social Difference
Subtitle: The story of linguistic interaction in the Maya lowlands
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 328
Published: 2014
Publisher: John Benjamins

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Author: Danny Law
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027270474 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027270474 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027270474 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027248473 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 111.30
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027248473 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027248473 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00

This book offers a study of long-term, intensive language contact between more than a dozen Mayan languages spoken in the lowlands of Guatemala, Southern Mexico and Belize. It details the massive restructuring of syntactic and semantic organization, the calquing of grammatical patterns, and the direct borrowing of inflectional morphology, including, in some of these languages, the direct borrowing of even entire morphological paradigms. The in-depth analysis of contact among the genetically related Lowland Mayan languages presented in this volume serves as a highly relevant case for theoretical, historical, contact, typological, socio- and anthropological linguistics. This linguistically complex situation involves serious engagement with issues of methods for distinguishing contact-induced similarity from inherited similarity, the role of social and ideological variables in conditioning the outcomes of language contact, cross-linguistic tendencies in language contact, as well as the effect that inherited similarity can have on the processes and outcomes of language contact.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Mayan

Written In: English (eng)

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