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How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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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.

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