Contact Linguistics: Bilingual Encounters and Grammatical Outcomes

Paperback | July 1, 2002

byCarol Myers-Scotton

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Contact Linguistics is a critical investigation of what happens to the grammars of languages when bilingual speakers use both their languages in the same clause. It consolidates earlier insights and presents the new theoretical and empirical work of a scholar whose ideas have had a fundamentalimpact on the field. It also shows that bilingual data offer a revealing window on the structure of the language faculty. Carol Myers-Scotton examines the nature of major contact phenomena, especially lexical borrowing, grammatical convergence, codeswitching, first language attrition, mixed languages, and the development of creoles. She argues forcefully that types of contact phenomena often seen as separate in factresult from the same processes and can be explained by the same principles. Her discussion centers around two new models derived from the Matrix Language Frame model, previously applied only to codeswitching. One model recognizes four types of morphemes based on their different patterns ofdistribution across contact phenomena; its key hypothesis is that distribution depends on differential access to the morphemes in the production process. The other analyzes three levels of abstract lexical structure whose splitting and recombination across languages in bilingual speech explains manycontact outcomes. This is an important volume, of unusual relevance for theories of competence and performance and vital for all those concerned with language contact.

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Contact Linguistics is a critical investigation of what happens to the grammars of languages when bilingual speakers use both their languages in the same clause. It consolidates earlier insights and presents the new theoretical and empirical work of a scholar whose ideas have had a fundamentalimpact on the field. It also shows that bil...

Carol Myers-Scotton is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of South Carolina. She is a specialist in sociolinguistics and language contact phenomena with a special interest in East and Southern African linguistics. In 1993, she published two volumes on codeswitching, Social Motivations for Codeswitching...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.77 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198299532

ISBN - 13:9780198299530

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Roots of Language Contact3. CS Models and New Developments4. Considering Problematic CS Data and Other Approaches5. Convergence and Attrition6. Lexical Borrowing, Mixed (Split) Languages, and Creole Formation7. Concluding Remarks: The Out of Sight in Contact Linguistics

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`The new book of Myers-Scotton is one of the most important contributions to the study of codeswitching and language contacts that has been published in recent years both because of the width of issues discussed and theoretical depth of treating these issues.'Linguist List