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Title: What's in a grammar? Modeling dominance and optimization in contact
Author: Devyani Sharma
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Institution: Queen Mary, University of London
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis; Linguistic Theories; Sociolinguistics
Abstract: Muysken's article is a timely call for us to seek deeper regularities in the bewildering diversity of language contact outcomes. His model provocatively suggests that most such outcomes can be subsumed under four speaker optimization strategies. I consider two aspects of the proposal here: the formalization in Optimality Theory (OT) and the reduction of contact outcomes to four basic strategies.


This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 16, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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