Language Contact in the Territory of the Former Soviet Union

ORCID logoDiana Forker | Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
ORCID logoLenore A. Grenoble | University of Chicago
ISBN 9789027208583 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027260017 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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The former Soviet Union (USSR) provides the ideal territory for studying language contact between one and the same dominant language (Russian) and a wide range of genealogically and typologically diverse languages with varying histories of language contact. This is the first book that bundles different case studies and systematically investigates the impact of Russian at all linguistic levels, from the lexicon to the domains of grammar to discourse, and with varying types of outcomes such as relatively rapid language shift, structural changes in a relatively stable contact situation, pidginization and super variability at the post-pidgin stage. The volume appeals to linguists studying language contact and contact-induced language change from a broad range of perspectives, who want to gain insight into how one of the largest languages in the world influences other smaller languages, but also experts of mostly minority languages in the sphere of the former Soviet Union.

The book has won the AATSEEL prize in the 2022 Best Book in Linguistics category!

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“There is material in this theoretically up-to-date book of interest to all contact linguists, and it is also suitable for use in the classroom.”
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Cited by 2 other publications

Honkasalo, Sami
2024. Kazakhstani Gansu Dungan as a Contact Language: An Analysis of Russian Influence. Languages 9:2  pp. 59 ff. DOI logo
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2022. Publications Received. Language in Society 51:3  pp. 549 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009010: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2021002700 | Marc record