Emerging Bilingual Speech: From Monolingualism to Code-copying

Emerging Bilingual Speech: From Monolingualism to Code-copying

By: Anna Verschik (author)Hardback

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This is a fascinating new study examining how contact-induced change can alter a previously monolingual society to create one that is increasingly bilingual.Anna Verschik offers a new perspective on how a previously monolingual community of Russian-speakers in Estonia is rapidly becoming bilingual after the end of the Soviet occupation in 1991.The contact-induced change in Russian under the growing impact of Estonian is analysed in the theoretical framework of code-copying. Changes in linguistic behaviour of the speakers are often a result of intentional cultivation of non-monolingual communication strategies and language policies, and go hand in hand with the development of a new identity, 'Estonian Russians'."Emerging Bilingual Speech" is a fascinating study that will be of interest to researchers studying language contact, language change and bilingualism.

About Author

Anna Verschik is Professor of Linguistics at Tallinn University, Estonia.


Abbreviations; Transliteration of Russian; Introduction; 1. Theoretical background: combining structural and sociolinguistic factors; 2. Emerging multilingual communication: Russian in Estonia, Russian and Estonian, Estonia's Russian; 3. Code-copying framework and copiability; 4. Case-studies in code-copying. 5. Code-copying and patterns of bilingual communication; 6. Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780826497208
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780826497208
  • ISBN10: 0826497209

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