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Dynamics of Language Contact

Dynamics of Language Contact
English and Immigrant Languages


Part of Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact

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

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  • The past decade has seen an unprecedented growth in the study of language contact, associated partly with the linguistic effects of globalization and increased migration all over the world. Written by a leading expert in the field, this much-needed account brings together disparate findings to examine the dynamics of contact between languages in an immigrant context. Using data from a wide range of languages, including German, Dutch, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Croatian and Vietnamese, Michael Clyne discusses the dynamics of their contact with English. Clyne analyzes how and why these languages change in an immigration country like Australia, and asks why some languages survive longer than others. The book contains useful comparisons between immigrant vintages, generations, and between bilinguals and trilinguals. An outstanding contribution to the study of language contact, this book will be welcomed by students and researchers in linguistics, bilingualism, the sociology of language and education.

    • 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

    'Clyne … has provided a comprehensive study of language contact and language shift phenomena in Australia. He has also succeeded in making it a fascinating and highly accessible read … Clyne's treatment of pragmatic aspects is highly fascinating …' GAST Newsletter

    'This volume is rich in telling the story of the immigrant languages in contact with English … a solid contribution to a growing field.' Multilingua

    '… offers the reader an exhaustive review of aspects pertinent to language change under conditions of language shift. Each chapter is meticulously written researched, and is exemplified by a wealth of extensive data representing a variety of language typologies. Clyne's work offers insightful reflections attained through decades of work in this field of investigation. I thoroughly recommend his latest monograph to those interested in the field of language contact and would argue that it should be required reading for lecturers, researchers and students of language alike.' International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism

    '… a highly interesting and very readable book … offers a wealth of intriguing examples of language contact and some very lucid analysis … a very impressive overview of language contact in Australia and it can be expected to be on the bibliographies of studies of language contact for many years to come.' Journal of Linguistics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 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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