Language Change in Contact Languages: Grammatical and prosodic considerations (Benjamins Current Topics 36)

Language Change in Contact Languages: Grammatical and prosodic considerations (Benjamins Current Topics 36)

By: Shelome Gooden (editor), J. Clancy Clements (editor)Hardback

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The studies in Language Change in Contact Languages showcase the contributions that the study of contact language varieties make to the understanding of phenomena such as relexification, transfer, reanalysis, grammaticalization, prosodic variation and the development of prosodic systems. Four of the studies deal with morphosyntactic issues while the other three address questions of prosody. The studies include data from the Atlantic creoles (Saramaccan, Sranan, Haitian Creole, Jamaican Creole, Trinidadian Creole, Papiamentu), as well as Singapore English. This volume, originally published as special issue of Studies in Language 33:2 (2009), aims to make the work of several language contact experts available to a wider audience. The studies will be of use to any student or scholar interested in different approaches to contact-induced language processes, particularly as they relate to morphosyntax and prosody.


1. Language change in contact languages: Grammatical and prosodic considerations: An introduction (by Clements, J. Clancy); 2. Articles; 3. The contribution of relexification, grammaticalization, and reanalysis to creole genesis and development (by Lefebvre, Claire); 4. Grammaticalization in creoles: Ordinary and not-so-ordinary cases (by Bruyn, Adrienne); 5. One in Singapore English (by Bao, Zhiming); 6. Contact-induced grammaticalization: Evidence from bilingual acquisition (by Matthews, Stephen); 7. Tone inventories and tune-text alignments: Prosodic variation in 'hybrid' prosodic systems (by Gooden, Shelome); 8. Subsystem interface and tone typology in Papiamentu (by Rivera-Castillo, Yolanda); 9. A twice-mixed creole?: Tracing the history of a prosodic split in the Saramaccan lexicon (by Good, Jeff); 10. Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789027202550
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 241
  • ID: 9789027202550
  • weight: 600
  • ISBN10: 9027202559

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