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The Handbook of Language Contact

Raymond Hickey (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-34715-7
882 pages
September 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Language Contact offers systematic coverage of the major issues in this field – ranging from the value of contact explanations in linguistics, to the impact of immigration, to dialectology – combining new research from a team of globally renowned scholars, with case studies of numerous languages.
  • An authoritative reference work exploring the major issues in the field of language contact: the study of how language changes when speakers of distinct speech varieties interact
  • Brings together 40 specially-commissioned essays by an international team of scholars
  • Examines language contact in societies which have significant immigration populations, and includes a fascinating cross-section of case studies drawing on languages across the world
  • Accessibly structured into sections exploring the place of contact studies within linguistics as a whole; the value of contact studies for research into language change; and language contact in the context of work on language and society
  • Explores a broad range of topics, making it an excellent resource for both faculty and students across a variety of fields within linguistics
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

Preface xviii

Language Contact: Reconsideration and Reassessment 1
Raymond Hickey

Part I Contact and Linguistics 29

1 Contact Explanations in Linguistics 31
Sarah Thomason

2 Genetic Classification and Language Contact 48
Michael Noonan

3 Contact, Convergence, and Typology 66
Yaron Matras

4 Contact and Grammaticalization 86
Bernd Heine and Tania Kuteva

5 Language Contact and Grammatical Theory 106
Karen P. Corrigan

6 Computational Models and Language Contact 128
April McMahon

Part II Contact and Change 149

7 Contact and Language Shift 151
Raymond Hickey

8 Contact and Borrowing 170
Donald Winford

9 Contact and Code-Switching 188
Penelope Gardner-Chloros

10 Contact and Dialectology 208
David Britain

11 Contact and New Varieties 230
Paul Kerswill

12 Contact and Change: Pidgins and Creoles 252
John Holm

Part III Contact and Society 263

13 Scenarios for Language Contact 265
Pieter Muysken

14 Ethnic Identity and Linguistic Contact 282
Carmen Fought

15 Contact and Sociolinguistic Typology 299
Peter Trudgill

16 Contact and Language Death 320
Suzanne Romaine

17 Fieldwork in Contact Situations 340
Claire Bowern

Part IV Case Studies of Contact 359

18 Macrofamilies, Macroareas, and Contact 361
Johanna Nichols

19 Contact and Prehistory: The Indo-European Northwest 380
Theo Vennemann

20 Contact and the History of Germanic Languages 406
Paul Roberge

21 Contact and the Early History of English 432
Markku Filppula

22 Contact and the Development of American English 454
Joseph C. Salmons and Thomas C. Purnell

23 Contact Englishes and Creoles in the Caribbean 478
Edgar W. Schneider

24 Contact and Asian Varieties of English 498
Umberto Ansaldo

25 Contact and African Englishes 518
Rajend Mesthrie

26 Contact and the Celtic Languages 538
Joseph F. Eska

27 Spanish and Portuguese in Contact 550
John M. Lipski

28 Contact and the Development of the Slavic Languages 581
Lenore A. Grenoble

29 Contact and the Finno-Ugric Languages 598
Johanna Laakso

30 Language Contact in the Balkans 618
Brian D. Joseph

31 Contact and the Development of Arabic 634
Kees Versteegh

32 Turkic Language Contacts 652
Lars Johanson

33 Contact and North American Languages 673
Marianne Mithun

34 Language Contact in Africa: A Selected Review 695
G. Tucker Childs

35 Contact and Siberian Languages 714
Brigitte Pakendorf

36 Language Contact in South Asia 738
Harold F. Schiffman

37 Language Contact and Chinese 757
Stephen Matthews

38 Contact and Indigenous Languages in Australia 770
Patrick McConvell

39 Language Contact in the New Guinea Region 795
William A. Foley

40 Contact Languages of the Pacific 814
Jeff Siegel

Author Index 837

Subject Index 844

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Author Information

Raymond Hickey is Professor of Linguistics at Essen University, Germany. His main areas of research are varieties of English (especially Irish English) and general questions of language contact, shift, and change as well as computer corpus processing. He has published widely, the most recent titles being A Sound Atlas of Irish English (2004), Legacies of Colonial English (2004), Dublin English: Evolution and Change (2005), Irish English: History and Present-Day Forms (2007), and Eighteenth-Century English: Ideology and Change (2010).
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“This volume represents a welcome addition to the literature on language contact, assembling contributions from international experts to offer an extensive resource which encompasses a broad range of language contact research.”  (The Linguist List, 12 April 2014)


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