Linguistic Convergence and Areal Diffusion: Case Studies from Iranian, Semitic and Turkic
Eva Agnes Csato, Éva Ágnes Csató, Bo Isaksson, Carina Jahani
Psychology Press, 2005 - History - 373 pages
This book is the first of its kind in the field of Iranian, Semitic and Turkic contact linguistics, and provides a summary of the present results of this dynamic field of research. The authors are outstanding scholars engaged in the study of language varieties spoken in 'convergence areas' in which speakers are multilingual in languages of at least two but sometimes three language families. Many of the contributions present new data collected in fieldwork. The geographic area covered is Western and Central Asia where varieties of Iranian, Semitic and Turkic languages have entered into many different types of contact. The intricate linguistic contact situations demonstrate highly interesting convergence phenomena.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Linguistic Convergence and Areal Diffusion: Case Studies from Iranian ...
Éva Ágnes Csató,Bo Isaksson,Carina Jahani
No preview available - 2004
adjectives Africa Anatolia appears Arabic dialects areal Asia basic borrowing Central Central Asian century clauses close combinational common consistently consonant constructions convergence copied cultural direct discussed East Eastern elements example express forms front glottal plosive Greek groups guage head historical important Indic influence instance Iran Iranian Johanson Kashkay Kurdish language less lexical linguistic literary loans loanwords marker material means Middle normally noun object occur origin Ottoman participle past patterns perfect Persian person phoneme phonological phrases plural position present probably processes pronounced pronunciation References region relative clauses respective result semantic similar situation Sonqor speak speakers speech spoken standard structure Studies suffix Swahili syntactic Tajik tion translation Turkic Turkic languages Turkic varieties Turkish Turks University Uzbek varieties verb vowel Western words writing written
Page 158 - What seems to have happened in these informal varieties is a gradual adaptation of grammatical differences to the point that only morphophonemic differences (differences of lexical shape) remain.
Page 158 - The constant code-switching required by the daily interaction routine has had some far reaching effects on local grammatical systems. When considered alone, to be sure, each local variety seems distinct. A historical linguist would readily identify particular texts as from a deviant dialect of Kannada, Marathi or Urdu. What would be missed is that sentence-by-sentence comparison of natural conversation texts in all three main local varieties reveals an extraordinary degree of translatability from...