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Tue Aug 04 2015

Books: Changes Between the Lines: Stolberg

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Date: 30-Jul-2015
From: Linda Steglich <linda.steglichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Changes Between the Lines: Stolberg
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Title: Changes Between the Lines
Subtitle: Diachronic contact phenomena in written Pennsylvania German
Series Title: De Gruyter Studia Linguistica Germanica 118
Published: 2015
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/212561?format=G

Author: Doris Stolberg
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110369250 Pages: 319 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110339338 Pages: 319 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

The book investigates the diachronic dimension of contact-induced language change based on empirical data from Pennsylvania German (PG), a variety of German in long-term contact with English. Written data published in local print media from Pennsylvania (USA) between 1868 and 1992 are analyzed with respect to semantic changes in the argument structure of verbs, the use of impersonal constructions, word order changes in subordinate clauses and in prepositional phrase constructions.

The research objective is to trace language change based on diachronic empirical data, and to assess whether existing models of language contact make provisions to cover the long-term developments found in PG. The focus of the study is thus twofold: first, it provides a detailed analysis of selected semantic and syntactic changes in Pennsylvania German, and second, it links the empirical findings to theoretical approaches to language contact.

Previous investigations of PG have drawn a more or less static, rather than dynamic, picture of this contact variety. The present study explores how the dynamics of language contact can bring about language mixing, borrowing, and, eventually, language change, taking into account psycholinguistic processes in (the head of) the bilingual speaker.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Psycholinguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            German, Pennsylvania (pdc)

Written In: English (eng)

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