LINGUIST List 32.3767

Thu Dec 02 2021

Books: Language Formation by Adults: Frajzyngier, Gurian, Karpenko (eds.)

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Date: 12-Nov-2021
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Subject: Language Formation by Adults: Frajzyngier, Gurian, Karpenko (eds.)
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Title: Language Formation by Adults
Subtitle: The Case of Sino-Russian Idiolects
Series Title: Brill Studies in Language Contact and the Dynamics of Language
Published: 2021
Publisher: Brill

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Editor: Zygmunt Frajzyngier
Editor: Natalia Gurian
Editor: Sergei Karpenko
Electronic: ISBN: 9789004465848 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 144
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004463295 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 144

Chinese immigrants who settle in Russia’s Far East without formal instruction in the Russian language communicate with local Russians using Russian vocabulary. Each immigrant forms their language to communicate with Russians, not with family or other immigrants. The ‘single-generation languages’ that immigrants form are not replications or simplifications of Chinese or Russian. Grammatical systems formed by these speakers challenge some fundamental assumptions in early 21st-century linguistic theories. Grammatical systems of single-generation languages provide a unique window into how complex grammatical systems emerge, what are the first formal means of expression, and what are the first meanings expressed in grammatical systems. Given massive migrations in the contemporary world, single-generation languages are common, yet understudied, products of language contact.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): Russian (rus)

Written In: English (eng)

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