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Title: Language Contact and Grammatical Change
Written By: Bernd Heine
Tania Kuteva
Series Title: Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact

The phenomenon of language contact, and how it affects the structure of
languages, has been of great interest to linguists in recent years. This
pioneering new study looks at how grammatical forms and structures evolve
when speakers of two languages come into contact, and offers an interesting
new insight into the mechanism that induces people to transfer grammatical
structures from one language to another. Drawing on findings from languages
all over the world, Language Contact and Grammatical Change shows that the
transfer of linguistic material across languages is quite regular and
follows universal patterns of grammaticalization - contrary to previous
claims that it is a fairly irregular process - and argues that internal and
external explanations of language structure and change are in no way
mutually exclusive. Engaging and informative, this book will be of great
interest to sociolinguists, linguistic anthropologists, and all those
working on grammaticalization, language contact, and language change.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN: 0511079354
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521845742
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Pages: 326
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ISBN: 0521608287
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Pages: 326
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