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Language Contact and Grammatical Change
 

Language Contact and Grammatical Change (Hardback)

By Heine, Bernd
By Kuteva, Tania
Series edited by Mufwene, Salikoko S.
Series edited by Chaudenson, Robert
Series edited by Kachru, Braj B.

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The phenomenon of language contact, and how it affects the structure of languages, has been of great interest to linguists in recent years. This pioneering new study looks at how grammatical forms and structures evolve when speakers of two languages come into contact, and offers ...an interesting new 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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ISBN 9780521845748
Released NZ 11 May 2005
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Format Hardback
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Series Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact
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ISBN-13 9780521845748
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Imprint Cambridge University Press
Released 11 May 2005
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Heine, Bernd
By Kuteva, Tania
Series edited by Mufwene, Salikoko S.
Series edited by Chaudenson, Robert
Series edited by Kachru, Braj B.
Series Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact
Category Sociolinguistics
Grammar, Syntax, Linguistic Structure
Number of Pages 328
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 306.44
Weight 622g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Languages in contact
NBS Text Linguistics
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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