Language Contact and Grammatical Change
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Language Contact and Grammatical Change by Bernd Heine
Book DescriptionThe phenomenon of language contact, and how it affects the structure of languages, has been of great interest to linguists. This study looks at how grammatical forms and structures evolve when speakers of two languages come into contact, and offers an interesting insight into the mechanism that induces people to transfer grammatical structures from one language to another. Drawing on findings from languages all over the world, Language Contact and Grammatical Change shows that the transfer of linguistic material across languages is quite regular and follows universal patterns of grammaticalization - contrary to previous claims that it is a fairly irregular process - and argues that internal and external explanations of language structure and change are in no way mutually exclusive. Engaging and informative, this book will be of great interest to sociolinguists, linguistic anthropologists, and all those working on grammaticalization, language contact, and language change.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521845748
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Genesis of Grammar, Paperback (October 2007)» View all books by Bernd Heine
This book reconstructs what the earliest grammars might have been and shows how they could have led to the languages of modern humankind. It considers whether these languages derive from a single ancestral language; what the structure of language was when it first evolved; and how the properties associated with modern human languages first arose.
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Author Biography - Bernd Heine
Bernd Heine is Professor of African Studies in the Institute for African Studies, University of Cologne. Tania Kuteva is Professor of English Linguistics at the Institute for English and American Studies, University of Dusseldorf.
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