Language Contact and Grammatical Change

Author: Bernd Heine,Tania Kuteva
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521608282
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 308
View: 5445
Offers an interesting insight into how language contact affects grammatical forms and structures.

The Genesis of Grammar

A Reconstruction
Author: Bernd Heine,Tania Kuteva
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199227764
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 418
View: 981
This book reconstructs what the earliest grammars might have been and shows how they could have led to the languages of modern humankind. It considers whether these languages derive from a single ancestral language; what the structure of language was when it first evolved; and how the properties associated with modern human languages first arose.

The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

Author: Heiko Narrog,Bernd Heine
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199586780
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 911
View: 4301
This book presents a critical assessment of research on grammaticalization, a central element in the process by which grammars are created. Leading scholars discuss its core theoretical and methodological bases, report on work in the field, and point to directions for new research. They represent every relevant theoretical perspective and approach.

Linguistic Epidemiology

Semantics and Grammar of Language Contact in Mainland Southeast Asia
Author: N.J. Enfield
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135144699
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 416
View: 8936
This important new study examines in detail a semantic-pragmatic pattern surrounding the basic verb 'acquire' in nearly 30 Southeast Asian languages, concentrating on Lao, Vietnamese, Khmer, Kmhmu, Hmong, and varieties of Chinese. The book makes a significant contribution to empirical work on semantic and grammatical change in a linguistic area, as well as representing theoretical advances in cognitive semantics. Gricean pragmatics, semantic change, grammaticalization, language contact, and areal linguistics. The book also examines how changes in the speech of individuals actually become changes in large-scale public convention, 'language contact' is reconsidered, and traditional distinctions such as that between 'internal' and 'external' linguistic mechanisms are challenged. This groundbreaking new book is for specialists in Southeast Asian linguistics as well as scholars of descriptive semantics and pragmatics, grammaticalisation, linguistic change and evolution, areal linguistics and language contact, history and linguistic anthropology.

The Changing Languages of Europe

Author: Bernd Heine,Tania Kuteva
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199297339
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 356
View: 3931
"The book is written in clear, non-technical language. It will appeal to scholars and students of language change and variation in Europe and elsewhere. It will also interest everyone concerned to understand the nature of language and language change."--Jacket.

Quantitative Approaches to Grammar and Grammatical Change

Perspectives from Germanic
Author: Sam Featherston,Yannick Versley
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110401924
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 240
View: 6283
The intention of this book is to highlight the extent to which more rigorous measurement of grammatical effects can yield insights into grammatical structures and grammatical change. While there is some incidental discussion of methodologies and data processing techniques, the focus in this work is firmly on the results of such work and not on the technicalities of it.

Language Change in Contact Languages

Grammatical and Prosodic Considerations
Author: J. Clancy Clements,Shelome Gooden
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
ISBN: 9027202559
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 241
View: 8286
The studies in Language Change in Contact Languages showcase the contributions that the study of contact language varieties make to the understanding of phenomena such as relexification, transfer, reanalysis, grammaticalization, prosodic variation and the development of prosodic systems. Four of the studies deal with morphosyntactic issues while the other three address questions of prosody. The studies include data from the Atlantic creoles (Saramaccan, Sranan, Haitian Creole, Jamaican Creole, Trinidadian Creole, Papiamentu), as well as Singapore English. This volume, originally pulished as special issue of Studies in Language 33:2 (2009), aims to make the work of several language contact experts available to a wider audience. The studies will be of use to any student or scholar interested in different approaches to contact-induced language processes, particularly as they relate to morphosyntax and prosody.

Linguistics Epidemiology

Semantics and Grammar of Language Contact in Mainland Southeast Asia
Author: N. J. Enfield
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415297435
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 397
View: 5122
The book makes a significant contribution to empirical work on semantic and grammatical change in a linguistic area, as well as representing theoretical advances in cognitive semantics.

Grammatical Replication and Borrowability in Language Contact

Author: Björn Wiemer,Bernhard Wälchli,Björn Hansen
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110271974
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 684
View: 8374
The volume presents new insights into two basic theoretical issues hotly debated in recent work on grammaticalization and language contact: grammatical replication and grammatical borrowability. The key issues are: How can grammatical replication be distinguished from other, superficially similar processes of contact-induced linguistic change, and under what conditions does it take place? Are there grammatical morphemes or constructions that are more easily borrowed than others, and how can language contact account for areal biases in the borrowing (vs. calquing) of grammatical formatives? The book is a major contribution to the ongoing theoretical discussion concerning the relationship between grammaticalization and language contact on a broad empirical basis.

The Handbook of Language Contact

Author: Raymond Hickey
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118448693
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 888
View: 5139
The Handbook of Language Contact offers systematic coverageof the major issues in this field – ranging from the value ofcontact explanations in linguistics, to the impact of immigration,to dialectology – combining new research from a team ofglobally renowned scholars, with case studies of numerouslanguages. An authoritative reference work exploring the major issues inthe field of language contact: the study of how language changeswhen speakers of distinct speech varieties interact Brings together 40 specially-commissioned essays by aninternational team of scholars Examines language contact in societies which have significantimmigration populations, and includes a fascinating cross-sectionof case studies drawing on languages across the world Accessibly structured into sections exploring the place ofcontact studies within linguistics as a whole; the value of contactstudies for research into language change; and language contact inthe context of work on language and society Explores a broad range of topics, making it an excellentresource for both faculty and students across a variety of fieldswithin linguistics

Language Contact and Change in the Austronesian World

Author: Tom Dutton,Darrell T. Tryon
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110883090
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 693
View: 1515
TRENDS IN LINGUISTICS is a series of books that open new perspectives in our understanding of language. The series publishes state-of-the-art work on core areas of linguistics across theoretical frameworks as well as studies that provide new insights by building bridges to neighbouring fields such as neuroscience and cognitive science. TRENDS IN LINGUISTICS considers itself a forum for cutting-edge research based on solid empirical data on language in its various manifestations, including sign languages. It regards linguistic variation in its synchronic and diachronic dimensions as well as in its social contexts as important sources of insight for a better understanding of the design of linguistic systems and the ecology and evolution of language. TRENDS IN LINGUISTICS publishes monographs and outstanding dissertations as well as edited volumes, which provide the opportunity to address controversial topics from different empirical and theoretical viewpoints. High quality standards are ensured through anonymous reviewing.

Grammatical Change

Origins, Nature, Outcomes
Author: Dianne Jonas,John Whitman,Andrew Garrett
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199582629
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 384
View: 5378
This book advances research on grammatical change and shows the breadth and liveliness of the field. International scholars report on the nature and outcomes of all aspects of syntactic change, including grammaticalization, variation, syntactic movement, determiner-phrase syntax, pronominal systems, case systems, negation, and alignment.

Aspects of Language Contact

New Theoretical, Methodological and Empirical Findings with Special Focus on Romancisation Processes
Author: Thomas Stolz,Dik Bakker,Rosa Salas Palomo
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110206048
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 485
View: 6849
This edited volume brings together fourteen original contributions to the on-going debate about what is possible in contact-induced language change. The authors present a number of new vistas on language contact which represent new developments in the field. In the first part of the volume, the focus is on methodology and theory. Thomas Stolz defines the study of Romancisation processes as a very promising laboratory for language-contact oriented research and theoretical work based thereon. The reader is informed about the large scale projects on loanword typology in the contribution by Martin Haspelmath and on contact-induced grammatical change conducted by Jeanette Sakel and Yaron Matras. Christel Stolz reviews processes of gender-assignment to loan nouns in German and German-based varieties. The typology of loan verbs is the topic of the contribution by Søren Wichmann and Jan Wohlgemuth. In the articles by Wolfgang Wildgen and Klaus Zimmermann, two radically new approaches to the theory of language contact are put forward: a dynamic model and a constructivism-based theory, respectively. The second part of the volume is dedicated to more empirically oriented studies which look into language-contact constellations with a Romance donor language and a non-European recipient language. Spanish-Amerindian (Guaraní, Otomí, Quichua) contacts are investigated in the comparative study by Dik Bakker, Jorge Gómez-Rendón and Ewald Hekking. Peter Bakker and Robert A. Papen discuss the influence exerted by French on the indigenous languages ofCanada. The extent of the Portuguese impact on the Amazonian language Kulina is studied by Stefan Dienst. John Holm looks at the validity of the hypothesis that bound morphology normally falls victim to Creolization processes and draws his evidence mainly from Portuguese-based Creoles. For Austronesia, borrowings and calques from French still are an understudied phenomenon. Claire Moyse-Faurie’s contribution to this topic is thus a pioneer’s work. Similarly, Françoise Rose and Odile Renault-Lescure provide us with fresh data on language contact in French Guiana. The final article of this collection by Mauro Tosco demonstrates that the Italianization of languages of the former Italian colonies in East Africa is only weak. This volume provides the reader with new insights on all levels of language-contact related studies. The volume addresses especially a readership that has a strong interest in language contact in general and its repercussions on the phonology, grammar and lexicon of the recipient languages. Experts of Romance language contact, and specialists of Amerindian languages, Afro-Asiatic languages, Austronesian languages and Pidgins and Creoles will find the volume highly valuable.

Language Contact

Author: Yaron Matras
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521825350
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 366
View: 3591
An introduction to language contact, which occurs when speakers of different languages interact and their languages influence each other.

Navicula litterarum Balticarum

Author: Stephan Kessler,Christiane Schiller
Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag
ISBN: 9783447054270
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 249
View: 2241
Navicula litterarum Balticarum - ein "Schiffchen (voll) der baltischen Wissenschaften" bringt einen Querschnitt baltistischer philologischer und historischer Forschungen, und zwar vornehmlich aus den Teildisziplinen, die auch den Jubilar stets besonders interessiert haben: - Forschungen zur Bibelubersetzung des Johannes Bretke (gest. 1602) ins Litauische, - Beitrage zu sprachwissenschaftlichen Einzelfragen des Litauischen (u.a. zu Marcin Bielskis sprachphilosophischen Vorstellungen, zu Geisterwortern im LKZ und zum Projekt eines Altlitauischen Worterbuchs), - Forschungen zu Ubersetzungen literarischer Werke und ihrem Verhaltnis zum jew. Original (u.a. zu Werken von Stanis?aw Baranczak, Czeslaw Milosz, Tomas Venclova, Adam Naruszewicz und Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe) und - buchwissenschaftlich-historische Beitrage (u.a. zum alteren baltistischen Buchbestand der UB Greifswald und zur litauischen Nationalbewegung zwischen 1914 und 1918).

Challenging Change

Literary and Linguistic Responses
Author: Vesna Lopičić,Biljana Mišić Ilić
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443839523
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 350
View: 4483
This book, Challenging Change: Literary and Linguistic Responses, is a collection of twenty-three articles which examine change – understood in the broadest sense – as the need of the modern man to redefine, revise, deconstruct and reconstruct previous theories, histories, moralities, social relationships, forms of language and language use. In these times of great change, when the only constant seems to be change itself, the authors of these essays respond to the challenge and approach the notion of change from the perspectives of literary studies and linguistics. The book opens with an introductory overview, followed by twenty-three articles divided into two sections. The authors of the articles come from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, the United States, Canada, Japan, and Norway.

Language and Space

An International Handbook of Linguistic Variation. Theories and methods
Author: Peter Auer
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110180022
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 889
View: 4961
The dimensions of time and space fundamentally cause and shape the variability of all human language. To reduce investigation of this insight to manageable proportions, researchers have traditionally concentrated on the deepest dialects. But it is increasingly apparent that, although most people still speak with a distinct regional coloring, the new mobility of speakers in recently industrialized and postindustrial societies and the efflorescence of communication technologies cannot be ignored. This has given rise to a reconsideration of the relationship between geographical place and cultural space, and the fundamental link between language and a spatially bounded territory. Language and Space: An International Handbook of Linguistic Variation seeks to take full account of these developments in a comprehensive, theoretically rich way. The introductory volume examines the concept of space and linguistic approaches to it, the structure and dynamics of language spaces, and relevant research methods. A second volume offers the first thorough exploration of the interplay between linguistic investigation and cartography, and subsequent volumes uniformly document the state of research into the spatial dimension of particular language groupings. Key features: comprehensive coverage of the field in terms of theory and methods the unique volume stands alone, since it neither is a handbook of dialectology or of areal linguistics, nor a handbook on language variation alone gathers together a great number of distinguished scholars and experts in the field "

The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

Author: Bernd Heine,Heiko Narrog
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780199658398
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 1048
View: 4841
Forty of the world's most distinguished scholars subject the analytic frameworks of contemporary linguistics to the same set of principled questions, showing which models best explain particular phenomena and offering a unique overview of linguistic theory. This indispensible guide will appeal to everyone involved in linguistic research.

Language Contact in Amazonia

Author: N.A
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780199257850
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 363
View: 9148
This book considers how forms and meanings of different languages at different times may resemble one another and what the explanation is for this. The author aims (a) to explain and identify the relationship between areal diffusion and the genetic development of languages, and (b) to discover the means of distinguishing what may cause one language to share the characteristics of another. This is done using the example of Arawak and Tucanoan languages spoken in the large area of the Vaupes river basin in northwest Amazonia, which spans Colombia and Brazil. In this region language is seen as a badge of identity: language mixing, interaction, and influence are resisted for ideological reasons. Professor Aikhenvald considers which grammatical categories are most and which are least likely to be borrowed in a situation of prolonged language contact where lexical borrowing is reduced to a minimum. She provides a genetic analysis of the languages of the region and considers theirhistorical relationships with languages of the same family outside it. She also examines changes brought about by recent contact with European languages and culture, and the linguistic and cultural effects of being part of a group that is aware its language and identity are threatened. The book is presented in relatively nontechnical language and will interest linguists and anthropologists.

The Development of Grammar

Language Acquisition and Diachronic Change : in Honour of Jürgen M. Meisel
Author: Esther Rinke,Tanja Kupisch
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
ISBN: 9027219311
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 414
View: 7004
This volume focuses on different aspects of language development. The contributions are concerned with similarities and differences between first and second language acquisition, the acquisition of sentence structure and functional categories, cross-linguistic influence in bilingual first language acquisition as well as the relation between language acquisition, language contact and diachronic change. The recurrent topic of the volume is the link between linguistic variation and the limitation of structural variability in the framework of a well-defined theory of language. In this respect, the volume opens up new perspectives for future research.