Bilingual Encounters and Grammatical Outcomes
By (author) Carol Myers-Scotton
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Contact Linguistics by Carol Myers-Scotton
Book DescriptionContact Linguistics is a critical investigation of what happens to the grammars of languages when bilingual speakers use both their languages in the same clause. It consolidates earlier insights and presents the new theoretical and empirical work of a scholar whose ideas have had a fundamental impact on the field. It also shows that bilingual data offer a revealing window on the structure of the language faculty. Carol Myers-Scotton examines the nature of major contact phenomena, especially lexical borrowing, grammatical convergence, codeswitching, first language attrition, mixed languages, and the development of creoles. She argues forcefully that types of contact phenomena often seen as separate in fact result from the same processes and can be explained by the same principles. Her discussion centers around two new models derived from the Matrix Language Frame model, previously applied only to codeswitching. One model recognizes four types of morphemes based on their different patterns of distribution across contact phenomena; its key hypothesis is that distribution depends on differential access to the morphemes in the production process. The other analyzes three levels of abstract lexical structure whose splitting and recombination across languages in bilingual speech explains many contact outcomes. This is an important volume, of unusual relevance for theories of competence and performance and vital for all those concerned with language contact.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198299530
(233mm x 157mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carol Myers-Scotton
Multiple Voices, Hardback (June 2005)
Multiple Voices: An Introduction to Bilingualism provides a comprehensive overview of all major features of bilingualism, including grammatical, cognitive, and social aspects.
Contact Linguistics, Hardback (August 2002)
This volume provides an account of contact outcome theories, including the author's own. It should provide coursebook material for advanced undergraduates and graduates.
Codes and Consequences, Paperback (June 1998)
The author explores the implications of the phenomenon known as "codeswitching", where in given situations, different people with access to the same linguistic repertoire (or one person in various situations) will make different linguistic choices.
Duelling Languages, Paperback (March 1997)» View all books by Carol Myers-Scotton
A study of the structural side of a common practice among bilinguals: the use of two or more languages within the same sentence. The author concludes that there are universally present principles which govern the structural outlines of such sentences.
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Author Biography - Carol Myers-Scotton
Carol Myers-Scotton is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of South Carolina. She is a specialist in sociolinguistics and language contact phenomena with a special interest in East and Southern African linguistics. In 1993, she published two volumes on codeswitching, Social Motivations for Codeswitching: Evidence from Africa, and Duelling Languages: Grammatical Structure in Codeswitching (both OUP). She has also edited a volume of essays on language and literature (OUP 1998) and has published a number of articles in her areas of interest.
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