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Description - The Handbook of Language Contact by Raymond Hickey

The Handbook of Language Contact offers systematic coverageof the major issues in this field ranging from the value ofcontact explanations in linguistics, to the impact of immigration,to dialectology combining new research from a team ofglobally renowned scholars, with case studies of numerouslanguages. * An authoritative reference work exploring the major issues inthe field of language contact: the study of how language changeswhen speakers of distinct speech varieties interact * Brings together 40 specially-commissioned essays by aninternational team of scholars * Examines language contact in societies which have significantimmigration populations, and includes a fascinating cross-sectionof case studies drawing on languages across the world * Accessibly structured into sections exploring the place ofcontact studies within linguistics as a whole; the value of contactstudies for research into language change; and language contact inthe context of work on language and society * Explores a broad range of topics, making it an excellentresource for both faculty and students across a variety of fieldswithin linguistics

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405175807
ISBN-10: 140517580X
Format: Hardback
(250mm x 175mm x 52mm)
Pages: 890
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Apr-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Raymond Hickey

Raymond Hickey is Professor of Linguistics at Essen University, Germany. His main areas of research are varieties of English (especially Irish English) and general questions of language contact, shift, and change as well as computer corpus processing. He has published widely, the most recent titles being A Sound Atlas of Irish English (2004), Legacies of Colonial English (2004), Dublin English: Evolution and Change (2005), Irish English: History and Present-Day Forms (2007), and Eighteenth-Century English: Ideology and Change (2010). He has also published over 80 articles on various issues within linguistics and produced an electronic corpus of Irish English.

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