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Dynamics of Language Contact

Dynamics of Language Contact
English and Immigrant Languages

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  • Date Published: April 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521786485

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  • Written by an expert in the field, this study examines the dynamics of contact between languages in an immigrant context. Michael Clyne discusses the dynamics of contact with English using data from a wide range of languages, including German, Dutch, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Croatian and Vietnamese. Clyne analyzes how and why these languages change in a country with many immigrants such as Australia, as well as why some languages survive longer than others.

    • Combines linguistic, sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic dimensions
    • Deals comparatively with typologically different languages in contact with the same language in bi- and trilinguals in the same country
    • Deals comparatively with languages of different communities shifting at different rates to the same language in the same country
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This fascinating and rewarding volume is exactly the kind of book on language contact that one would expect Michael Clyne to write."
    -Anthony P. Grant, Edge Hill College of Higher Education, Ormskirk, United Kingdom, Anthropological Linguistics

    "Clyne's discussion of various models and his terminological framework is an excellent introduction to the study of language contact. The tables throughout the book provide helpful summaries of the data."
    -Mary Ruth Wise, SIL International

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521786485
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 1 map 35 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of map and figures
    List of tables
    Series editor's foreword
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. Dynamics of language shift
    3. On models and terms
    4. Dynamics of convergence and transference
    5. Dynamics of transversion
    6. Dynamics of plurilingual processing
    7. Dynamics of cultural values in contact discourse
    8. Towards a synthesis
    Index of authors
    Index of languages
    Index of subjects.

  • Author

    Michael Clyne, University of Melbourne
    Michael Clyne is Professorial Fellow in Linguistics and Director of the Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication at the University of Melbourne. His books include Language and Society in German-Speaking Countries (Cambridge, 1984), Community Languages: the Australian Experience (Cambridge, 1991), Pluricentric Languages (1992), The German Language in a Changing Europe (Cambridge, 1995), and Intercultural Communication at Work (Cambridge, 1995).

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