book notice: Emerging Bilingual Speech: Verschik

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
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 Emerging Bilingual Speech: Verschik


Title: Emerging Bilingual Speech
Subtitle: From Monolingualism to Code-Copying
Published: 2008
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
                http://www.continuumbooks.com

Book URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com

Author: Anna Verschik
Abstract:

Anna Verschik offers a new perspective on how a previously monolingual
community of Russian speakers in Estonia is rapidly becoming bilingual
after the end of the Soviet occupation in 1991. The contact-induced change
in Russian under the growing impact of Estonian
is analysed in the theoretical framework of code-copying.

Changes in linguistic behaviour of the speakers are often a result of
intentional cultivation of non-monolingual communication strategies and
language policies, and go hand in hand with the development of a new
identity, 'Estonian Russians'.

Emerging Bilingual Speech is a fascinating study that will be of interest
to researchers studying language contact, language change and bilingualism.

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