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Title: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives on Contact Languages
Edited By: Magnus Huber
Viveka Velupillai
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CLL%2032
Series Title: Creole Language Library 32
Description:

This collection of selected conference papers from three SPCL meetings
brings together a cross-fertilization of approaches to the study of contact
languages. The articles are grouped into three coherent sections dealing
with, respectively, phonetics and phonology, including Optimality Theory;
synchronic analyses of both morphology and syntax; and diachronic tracings
of language change, with special focus on sound patterns as well as
semantics. An added value of the volume is that most of the articles are in
various ways significant for more than one linguistic subgrouping, and
there is a significant overlap of interests; the sections also cover
sociolinguistic subjects, give both theoretical and functional linguistic
analyses of language data, and discuss issues of grammaticalization. Thus,
in discussing a number of issues relevant far beyond the study of pidgin
and creole languages, as well as providing a wealth of linguistic data,
this volume also contributes to the broader field of linguistics in general.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
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ISBN: 9027252548
ISBN-13: 9789027252548
Pages: 385
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