Language Contact and Grammatical Change (Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact)

Language Contact and Grammatical Change (Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact)

By: Tania Kuteva (author), Bernd Heine (author)Paperback

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The phenomenon of language contact, and how it affects the structure of languages, has been of great interest to linguists. This study looks at how grammatical forms and structures evolve when speakers of two languages come into contact, and offers an interesting 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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Bernd Heine is Professor of African Studies in the Institute for African Studies, University of Cologne. Tania Kuteva is Professor of English Linguistics at the Institute for English and American Studies, University of Dusseldorf.


List of maps; List of tables; Series editor's foreword; Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. The framework; 2. On replicating use patterns; 3. Grammaticalization; 4. Typological change; 5. On linguistic areas; 6. Limits of replication; 7. Conclusions; 8. Notes; References; Index of authors; Index of languages; Index of subjects.

Product Details

  • publication date: 27/01/2005
  • ISBN13: 9780521608282
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780521608282
  • weight: 480
  • ISBN10: 0521608287

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