Grammars in Contact: A Cross-Linguistic Typology

Paperback | December 13, 2008

EditorAlexandra Y. Aikhenvald, R.M.W. Dixon

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Languages can be similar in many ways - they can resemble each other in categories, constructions and meanings, and in the actual forms used to express these. A shared feature may be based on common genetic origin, or result from geographic proximity and borrowing. Some aspects of grammar arespread more readily than others. The question is - which are they? When languages are in contact with each other, what changes do we expect to occur in their grammatical structures? Only an inductively based cross-linguistic examination can provide an answer. This is what this volume is about.The book starts with a typological introduction outlining principles of contact-induced change and factors which facilitate diffusion of linguistic traits. It is followed by twelve studies of contact-induced changes in languages from Amazonia, East and West Africa, Australia, East Timor, and theSinitic domain. Set alongside these are studies of Pennsylvania German spoken by Mennonites in Canada in contact with English, Basque in contact with Romance languages in Spain and France, and language contact in the Balkans. All the studies are based on intensive fieldwork, and each cast in termsof the typological parameters set out in the introduction. The book includes a glossary to facilitate its use by graduates and advanced undergraduates in linguistics and in disciplines such as anthropology.

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Languages can be similar in many ways - they can resemble each other in categories, constructions and meanings, and in the actual forms used to express these. A shared feature may be based on common genetic origin, or result from geographic proximity and borrowing. Some aspects of grammar arespread more readily than others. The questio...

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald is Professor and Associate Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. She has worked on descriptive and historical aspects of Berber languages and published, in Russian, a grammar of Modern Hebrew (1990). She is a major authority on typological and areal features of South Am...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.85 inPublished:December 13, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Grammars in Contact: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective2. R. M. W. Dixon: Grammatical Diffusion in Australia: Free and Bound Pronouns3. Anne Storch: How Long do Linguistic Areas Last?: Western Nilotic Grammars in Contact4. Felix K. Ameka: Grammars in Contact in the Volta Basin (West Africa): On COntact Induced Grammatical Change in Likpe5. Gerd Jendraschek: Basque in Contact with Romance Languages6. John Hajek: Language Contact and Convergence in East Timor: The Case of Tetun Dili7. Kate Burridge: Language Contact and Convergence in Pennsylvania German8. Victor A. Friedman: Balkanizing the Balkan Sprachbund: A Closer Look at Grammatical Permeability and Feature Distribution9. Stephen Matthews: Cantonese Grammar in Areal Perspective10. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Semantics and Pragmatics of Grammatical Relations in the Vaupes Linguistic Area11. Patience Epps: The Vaupes Melting Pot: Tucanoan Influence on Hup12. Willem F. H. Adelaar: The Quechua Impact in Amuesha, an Arawak Language of the Peruvian Amazon13. Eithne B. Carlin: Feeling the Need: The Borrowing of Cariban Functional Categories into Mawayana (Arawak)Glossary of TermsAuthor IndexIndex of Languages, Language Families, and Linguistic AreasSubject Index

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`...makes a major contribution to the general study of parts of speech across languages... The editors of this book have provided a much-needed analytical framework for typologizing the key distinctions in how the adjective manifests itself as a part of speech.'Edward J Vajda, Western Washington University