Language Contact, Creolization, and Genetic Linguistics

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University of California Press, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 411 pages
Ten years of research back up the bold new theory advanced by authors Thomason and Kaufman, who rescue the study of contact-induced language change from the neglect it has suffered in recent decades. The authors establish an important new framework for the historical analysis of all degrees of contact-induced language change.
 

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Contents

THE FAILURE OF LINGUISTIC CONSTRAINTS
13
LANGUAGE MAINTENANCE
65
of large portions of the inherited grammar
100
LANGUAGE SHIFT WITH NORMAL
110
PIDGINS
167
accommodation
174
RETROSPECTION
200
CASE STUDIES
214
MAPS for chapter 9 8
332
REFERENCES
369
REFERENCES TO MIDDLE ENGLISH TEXTS
389
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Sarah Grey Thomason is Professor of Linguistics and Terrence Kaufman is Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh.

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