Convergence and Divergence in Language Contact Situations

Kurt Braunmüller | University of Hamburg
Juliane House | University of Hamburg
ISBN 9789027219282 | EUR 75.00 | USD 113.00
ISBN 9789027288820 | EUR 75.00 | USD 113.00
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This book deals with the consequences of converging and diverging processes and their development in language contact situations. It provides insights into the various forms of language contact and the conditions under which bilingual speakers master their every-day life in bilingual communities. Its nine contributions cover both theoretical and typological aspects, such as the classification of languages, the role of language contact, linguistic complexity and spontaneous speech innovations, and convergence and divergence processes in translation, (morpho)syntax and phonology/phonetics. Taken together, these studies provide challenges for linguistic theories that generalize from situations of monolingualism suggesting instead that a sound linguistic theory cannot be a theory for just one single, isolated language but must be a theory for at least two languages. It must also account for the fact that some structures involved in contact situations are not kept apart but develop in such a way that the distance decreases between the languages involved.
[Hamburg Studies on Multilingualism, 8] 2009.  viii, 241 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This collection makes it clear that no language system should be viewed in isolation; instead these pieces urge us on toward a future in which contact and multilingualism are acknowledged as central to the story of language evolution. This volume will be a useful resource for a number of experts, especially as a review of relevant theoretical issues, and will be particularly welcomed by language contact specialists on Scandinavian, Germanic and Iberian languages.”
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CFDM: Bilingualism & multilingualism

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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