Constraints on Language Variation and Change in Complex Multilingual Contact Settings

ORCID logoBertus van Rooy | University of Amsterdam & North-West University
ORCID logoHaidee Kotze | Utrecht University & North-West University
ISBN 9789027214751 | EUR 130.00 | USD 169.00
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Constraints on Language Variation and Change in Complex Multilingual Contact Settings explores an innovative proposal: that linguistic similarities identified in different forms of contact-influenced varieties of language use (including translation, native and non-native varieties of English, and language use of bilinguals more generally) can be accounted for in a coherent framework grounded in the notion of ‘constrained communication’. These varieties have hitherto been studied in independent scholarly traditions, especially translation studies and world Englishes, leaving the potential underlying unity underexplored, both conceptually and empirically.
The chapters collected in this volume aim to develop such a unified perspective by drawing on corpus data across a range of languages and language varieties, with a focus on written language, a neglected data source in research on multilingual contact settings. The findings point to shared general characteristics across individual contact settings, which result from (probabilistically conditioned) manifestations of the same deeper regularities – constraints – present in diverse language-contact settings.
[Contact Language Library, 60]  Expected July 2024.  v, 288 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents

Main BIC Subject

CFDM: Bilingualism & multilingualism

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009050: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
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