By (author) Sarah Grey Thomason
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Language Contact by Sarah Grey Thomason
Book DescriptionLanguage contact is everywhere: many nations have more than one official language, and quite possibly most people in the world speak two or more languages. What happens to different peoples and to their languages when they come into contact? In this survey of the social, political and linguistic consequences of language contact, Sarah G. Thomason focuses on what happens to the languages themselves - sometimes nothing, sometimes new words enter a language, sometimes new sounds and sentence structures will spread across many languages in a large geographical region; more rarely, entirely new languages arise in a contact situation. Conversely, one of the languages in contact may vanish entirely, and issues of language endangerment and death are explored here, together with chapters on multilingualism, pidgins and creoles, mechanisms of interference and the origins and results of contact-induced language change. Accessibly written by a leading expert in the field, this book is an ideal introduction for beginning students at all levels, and a useful resource for postgraduates, teachers and academic linguists. Key Features * Accessibly written by a leading figure in the field * Sources and further reading provided for each chapter * World map showing the location of the languages discussed
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748607198
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 4-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sarah Grey Thomason
Endangered Languages, Hardback (April 2015)
An introduction to language endangerment. What is it? How and why does it happen? Why should we care?
Language Contact, Creolization and Genetic Linguistics, Paperback (February 1992)» View all books by Sarah Grey Thomason
Ten years of research back up the theory advanced by author Thomason and Kaufman, who rescue the study of contact-induced language change from the neglect it has suffered. The authors establish a new framework for the historical analysis of all degrees of contact-induced language change.
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Author Biography - Sarah Grey Thomason
Sarah G. Thomason is Professor of Linguistics at University of Michigan.
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