The Ecology of Language Evolution
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Ecology of Language Evolution by Salikoko S. Mufwene
Book DescriptionThis major 2001 work explores the development of creoles and other new languages, focusing on the conceptual and methodological issues they raise for genetic linguistics. Written by an internationally renowned linguist, the book discusses the nature and significance of internal and external factors or 'ecologies' that bear on the evolution of a language. The book surveys a wide range of examples of changes in the structure, function and vitality of languages, and suggests that similar ecologies have played the same kinds of roles in all cases of language evolution. Drawing on major theories of language formation, macroecology and population genetics, Mufwene proposes a common approach to the development of creoles and other new languages. The Ecology of Language Evolution will be welcomed by students and researchers in sociolinguistics, creolistics, theoretical linguistics and theories of evolution.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521794756
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Salikoko S. Mufwene
Iberian Imperialism and Language Evolution in Latin America, Paperback (May 2014)
Exploring the many different contact points between Iberian colonialism and indigenous cultures, this title features contributors who identify the crucial parameters of language evolution that have led to today's state of linguistic diversity in Latin America.
Globalization and Language Vitality, Paperback (November 2008)
A comprehensive and diverse examination of the effects of globalization on languages in Africa, suitable for students and researchers interested in language endangerment and change. It discusses the effects of globalization on languages in Africa.
Language Contact and Grammatical Change, Hardback (January 2005)» View all books by Salikoko S. Mufwene
Offers an interesting insight into how language contact affects grammatical forms and structures.
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