Language Change in Contact Languages

Grammatical and prosodic considerations

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  • Editors: J. Clancy Clements1, and Shelome Gooden2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027282552

The studies in <i>Language Change in Contact Languages</i> showcase the contributions that the study of contact language varieties make to the understanding of phenomena such as relexification, transfer, reanalysis, grammaticalization, prosodic variation and the development of prosodic systems. Four of the studies deal with morphosyntactic issues while the other three address questions of prosody. The studies include data from the Atlantic creoles (Saramaccan, Sranan, Haitian Creole, Jamaican Creole, Trinidadian Creole, Papiamentu), as well as Singapore English. This volume, originally published as special issue of <i>Studies in Language</i> 33:2 (2009), aims to make the work of several language contact experts available to a wider audience. The studies will be of use to any student or scholar interested in different approaches to contact-induced language processes, particularly as they relate to morphosyntax and prosody.

Subjects: Historical linguistics; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology; Creole studies; Contact Linguistics; Typology

  • Affiliations: 1: Indiana University; 2: University of Pittsburgh

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