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English as a Contact Language

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Marianne Hundt, Daniel Schreier, Olga Fischer, Herbert Schendl, Laura Wright, Juhani Klemola, Raymond Hickey, Walt Wolfram, Edgar W. Schneider, David Britain, Salikoko S. Mufwene, Donald Winford, Rajend Mesthrie, Paul Kerswill, Jenny Cheshire, Sue Fox, Eivind Torgersen, Sarah G. Thomason, Terence Odlin, Christian Mair
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  • Date Published: January 2013
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107001961

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  • Recent developments in contact linguistics suggest considerable overlap of branches such as historical linguistics, variationist sociolinguistics, pidgin/creole linguistics, language acquisition, etc. This book highlights the complexity of contact-induced language change throughout the history of English by bringing together cutting-edge research from these fields. Special focus is on recent debates surrounding substratal influence in earlier forms of English (particularly Celtic influence in Old English), on language shift processes (the formation of Irish and overseas varieties) but also on dialects in contact, the contact origins of Standard English, the notion of new epicentres in World English, the role of children and adults in language change as well as transfer and language learning. With contributions from leading experts, the book offers fresh and exciting perspectives for research and is at the same time an up-to-date overview of the state of the art in the respective fields.

    • Takes a broad multidisciplinary approach, meaning readers can benefit from the insights of leading experts in diverse fields
    • Combines historical English linguistics with cutting-edge research and therefore offers readers new perspectives in research, while also giving an up-to-date overview of the fields
    • Includes contributions from a team of the world's most prominent scholars in the fields of language contact and English linguistics
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    'This multifaceted volume demonstrates the important role of language contact and dialect contact in the development of English and its many current varieties, providing new insights into questions of who were the agents of change and what were the processes involved. The list of authors of the eighteen chapters reads like a who's who in contact linguistics and the history of English. Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in these areas.' Jeff Siegel, University of New England, Australia

    'The volume is highly recommended reading for beginning and experienced scholars in (English) contact linguistics, English variational linguistics, language typology, and beyond.' Helen Aristar-Dry, The Linguist List (linguistlist.org)

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    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107001961
    • length: 406 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 6 maps 31 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: nothing but a contact language … Marianne Hundt and Daniel Schreier
    2. The role of contact in English syntactic change in the Old and Middle English periods Olga Fischer
    3. Multilingualism and code-switching as mechanisms of contact-induced lexical change in late Middle English Herbert Schendl
    4. The contact origins of Standard English Laura Wright
    5. English as a contact language in the British Isles Juhani Klemola
    6. English as a contact language in Ireland and Scotland Raymond Hickey
    7. The contact dynamics of socioethnic varieties in North America Walt Wolfram
    8. English as a contact language: the 'New Englishes' Edgar W. Schneider
    9. English as a contact language: lesser-known varieties Daniel Schreier
    10. The role of mundane mobility and contact in dialect death and dialect birth David Britain
    11. The diversification of English: old, new and emerging epicenters Marianne Hundt
    12. Driving forces in English contact linguistics Salikoko S. Mufwene
    13. Substrate influence and universals in the emergence of contact Englishes: reevaluating the evidence Donald Winford
    14. Transfer and contact in migrant and multiethnic communities: the conversational historical be + -ing present in South African Indian English Rajend Mesthrie
    15. English as a contact language: the role of children and adolescents Paul Kerswill, Jenny Cheshire, Sue Fox and Eivind Torgersen
    16. Innovation and contact: the role of adults (and children) Sarah G. Thomason
    17. Accelerator or inhibitor? On the role of substrate influence in interlanguage development Terence Odlin
    18. Speculating on the future of English as a contact language Christian Mair.

  • Editors

    Daniel Schreier, Universität Zürich
    Daniel Schreier is Associate Professor of English Linguistics in the English Department at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

    Marianne Hundt, Universität Zürich
    Marianne Hundt is Full Professor of English Linguistics in the English Department at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

    Contributors

    Marianne Hundt, Daniel Schreier, Olga Fischer, Herbert Schendl, Laura Wright, Juhani Klemola, Raymond Hickey, Walt Wolfram, Edgar W. Schneider, David Britain, Salikoko S. Mufwene, Donald Winford, Rajend Mesthrie, Paul Kerswill, Jenny Cheshire, Sue Fox, Eivind Torgersen, Sarah G. Thomason, Terence Odlin, Christian Mair

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