Ad Backus

List of John Benjamins publications for which Ad Backus plays a role.



Heritage Languages: A language contact approach

Suzanne Aalberse, Ad Backus and Pieter Muysken

[Studies in Bilingualism, 58] 2019. xix, 302 pp.
Subjects Applied linguistics | Contact Linguistics | Language acquisition | Multilingualism | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology


In this study, we investigate the contact effects of stability, convergence, and divergence regarding the use of the same linguistic construction in the same contact situation. To do that, we collected experimental production and judgment data by native German speakers living in the Netherlands… read more
Backus, Ad, Michael Cohen, Neil Cohn, Myrthe Faber, Emiel Krahmer, Schuyler Laparle, Emar Maier, E. van Miltenburg, Floris Roelofsen, Maria Eleonora Sciubba, Merel Scholman, Dimitar Shterionov, Maureen Sie, Frédéric Tomas, Eva Vanmassenhove, Noortje Venhuizen and Connie de Vos 2023 Minds: Big questions for linguistics in the age of AILinguistics in the Netherlands 2023, Leufkens, Sterre and Marco Bril (eds.), pp. 301–308 | Article
Lier, Eva van, Ad Backus, Nel de Jong, Rik van Gijn, Konrad Rybka, Jantien Smit, Josje Verhagen, Katherine Walker and Camille Welie 2023 The Netherlands Urban Field Station: How language diversity promotes equality of opportunityLinguistics in the Netherlands 2023, Leufkens, Sterre and Marco Bril (eds.), pp. 293–300 | Article
Lier, Eva van, Ad Backus, Nel de Jong, Rik van Gijn, Konrad Rybka, Jantien Smit, Josje Verhagen, Katherine Walker en Camille Welie 2023 The Netherlands Urban Field Station: Taaldiversiteit inzetten voor gelijkere kansenLinguistics in the Netherlands 2023, Leufkens, Sterre and Marco Bril (eds.), pp. 285–292 | Article
Piepers, Joske, Ad Backus and A.P.C. Swanenberg 2023 Is ‘he’ still here? Exploring the contemporary use of masculine subject pronouns for women in Dutch dialectsLinguistics in the Netherlands 2023, Leufkens, Sterre and Marco Bril (eds.), pp. 194–209 | Article
Various non-standard language varieties in the Netherlands traditionally allow for the use of masculine personal subject pronouns (i.e. regionally distinct variants of hij ‘he’) in reference to women. While this practice is well-documented within Dutch dialectology, especially during the… read more
Backus, Ad and Derya Demirçay 2021 Intense Turkish-Dutch bilingualism leads to intense Turkish-Dutch mixing: A usage-based account of increasing integration of two typologically different languagesCurrent Perspectives on Codeswitching, Vanden Wyngaerd, Emma, Renata Enghels, Mena B. Lafkioui and Marie Steffens (eds.), pp. 13–33 | Article
Codeswitching in the Turkish migration settings in Western Europe has been studied almost since the beginning of the labor migration that formed these communities. The patterns of codeswitching have gradually become more complex, which is demonstrated with reference to data from the Netherlands.… read more
Cross-linguistic influence (CLI) is one of the key phenomena in bilingual and second language learning. We propose a method for quantifying CLI in the use of linguistic constructions with the help of a computational model, which acquires constructions in two languages from bilingual input. We… read more
Quick, Antje Endesfelder, Elena Lieven, Ad Backus and Michael Tomasello 2018 Constructively combining languages: The use of code-mixing in German-English bilingual child language acquisitionLinguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 8:3, pp. 393–409 | Article
Language development in bilingual children is often related to differing levels of proficiency. Objective measurements of bilingual development include for example mean length of utterance (MLU). MLU is almost always calculated for each language context (including both monolingual and code-mixed… read more
Code-switching comes in three major sub-types: insertion, alternation, and congruent lexicalization. Turkish-Dutch code-switching is supposed to feature the first two types but not the third, because when the languages in contact are typologically distinct, there is not enough shared lexicon and… read more
This article is about the type of language that is offered to learners in textbooks, using the example of Russian. Many modern textbooks of Russian as a foreign language aim at efficient development of oral communication skills. However, some expressions used in the textbooks are not typical for… read more
Dutch has a number of constructions for expressing that a particular event is likely or possible. Two of these, one using a derivational morpheme and the other a copula construction, are investigated to see whether they are both productive and to what degree their meanings overlap. Their… read more
Doğruöz, A. Seza and Ad Backus 2010 Turkish in the Netherlands: Development of a new variety?Language Contact: New perspectives, Norde, Muriel, Bob de Jonge and Cornelius Hasselblatt (eds.), pp. 87–102 | Article
This paper is about Dutch influence on the variety of Turkish spoken by immigrants in the Netherlands. The community is under constant pressure to shift to Dutch, but maintenance figures are nevertheless very high. The result is a contact situation in which the entire community is bilingual;… read more
While for a long time words and grammatical rules were regarded as the basic units in language, it has become increasingly clear that we have a much more varied set of units at our disposal, including multiword chunks. How such chunks are represented, which factors contribute to their entrenchment… read more
Backus, Ad 2009 12. Codeswitching as one piece of the puzzle of language change: The case of Turkish yapmakMultidisciplinary Approaches to Code Switching, Isurin, Ludmila, Donald Winford and Kees de Bot (eds.), pp. 307–336 | Article
Backus, Ad, Erica Huls en Guust Meijers 1997 VoorwoordInterculturele communicatie, pp. 5–8 | Article
New data on Turkish-Dutch codeswitching (CS) have uncovered patterns not previously attested in this language pair. It turns out that three different generations within the immigrant community switch in three different ways. For the first generation, CS mostly concerns the occasional insertion of… read more