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Language Contact

Language Contact

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Surveying situations in which language contact arises, Sarah G. Thomason focuses on what happens to the languages themselves: sometimes nothing, sometimes the incorporation of new words, sometimes the spread of new sounds and sentence structures across many languages and wide swathes of territory. She outlines the origins and results of contact-induced language change, extreme language mixture - which can produce pidgins, creoles, and bilingual mixed languages - and language death. The book concludes with a brief survey of language endangerment.
About the Author:

Sarah G. Thomason is professor of linguistics at the University of Michigan.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780878408542
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publisher Imprint: Georgetown University Press
  • Depth: 19
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 19 mm
  • Weight: 485 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0878408541
  • Publisher Date: 05 Jun 2001
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 235 mm
  • No of Pages: 310
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: An Introduction
  • Width: 160 mm

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