book notice: Language Contact and Contact Languages: Siemund, Kintana (Eds)

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Language Contact and Contact Languages: Siemund, Kintana (Eds)

 Language Contact and Contact Languages: Hamburg Studies on Multilingualism
Published: 2008  John Benjamins

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Editor: Peter Siemund
Editor: Noemi Kintana


This new volume on language contact and contact languages presents
cutting-edge research by distinguished scholars in the field as well as by
highly talented newcomers. It has two principal aims: to analyze language
contact from different perspectives - notably those of language typology,
diachronic linguistics, language acquisition and translation studies; and
to describe, explain, and elaborate on universal constraints on language
contact. The individual chapters offer systematic comparisons of a wealth
of contact situations and the book as a whole makes a valuable contribution
to deepening our understanding of contact-induced language change. With its
broad approach, this work will be welcomed by scholars of many different

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