[lg policy] book notice: Language Attrition

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 16 13:41:14 UTC 2011


Language Attrition
Series Title: Key Topics in Sociolinguistics
Published: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Monika S Schmid

Abstract:

'Language attrition' describes the loss of, or changes to, grammatical and
other
features of a language as a result of declining use by speakers who have
changed their linguistic environment and language habits. In such a
situation
there may, for example, be simplification in the tense system or in certain
properties of subordinate clauses; some vocabulary items might fall into
disuse
and phonetic features may be restructured. These changes can be affected by
features of the speaker's environment, but also by his or her attitudes and
processes of identification. This book provides a detailed and up-to-date
introduction to the way in which language attrition can affect language, as
well
as to the extra- and sociolinguistic features involved. It also familiarizes
the
reader with experimental approaches to attrition and data analysis
techniques
and provides hands-on guidelines on how to apply them.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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http://linguistlist.org/pubs/books/get-book.cfm?BookID=57510

http://linguistlist.org/issues/22/22-3581.html

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

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