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Language Contact and Grammatical Change

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Part of Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact

  • Date Published: February 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521608282

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  • The phenomenon of language contact, and how it affects the structure of languages, has been of great interest to linguists in recent years. This pioneering new study looks at how grammatical forms and structures evolve when speakers of two languages come into contact, and offers insight into the mechanism that induces people to transfer grammatical structures from one language to another. The book will be of great interest to all working in grammaticalization, language contact, and language change.

    • Gives an insight into the effects of language contact on grammatical structures and forms.
    • Draws on a wide range of languages from all over the world
    • Looks at a variety of issues, such as grammaticalization theory, language contact, the principles of grammatical change, and universal vs. idiosyncratic human behaviour
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    '…[the book will become] a starting point for further investigation of the interplay between grammaticalization and language contact.' Journal of Linguistics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521608282
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    List of tables
    Series editor's foreword
    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
    Index of authors
    Index of languages
    Index of subjects.

  • Authors

    Bernd Heine, Universität zu Köln
    Bernd Heine is Professor of African Studies in the Institute for African Studies, University of Cologne.

    Tania Kuteva, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
    Tania Kuteva is Professor of English Linguistics at the Institute for English and American Studies, University of Düsseldorf.

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