[lg policy] book notice: Language Contact: Matras

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 28 14:42:05 UTC 2009

Title: Language Contact
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Yaron Matras


Most societies in today's world are multilingual. 'Language contact' occurs
when speakers of different languages interact and their languages influence
each other. This book is an introduction to the subject, covering
individual and societal multilingualism, the acquisition of two or more
languages from birth, second language acquisition in adulthood, language
change, linguistic typology, language processing and the structure of the
language faculty. It explains the effects of multilingualism on society and
language policy, as well as the consequences that long-term bilingualism
within communities can have for the structure of languages. Drawing on the
author's own first-hand observations of child and adult bilingualism, the
book provides a clear analysis of such phenomena as language convergence,
grammatical borrowing, and mixed languages.

1. Introduction;
2. An emerging multilingual repertoire;
3. Societal multilingualism;
4. Acquiring and maintaining a bilingual repertoire;
5. Crossing the boundaries: Codeswitching in conversation;
6. The replication of linguistic 'matter';
7. Lexical borrowing;
8. Grammatical and phonological borrowing;
9. Converging structures: Pattern replication;
10. Contact languages;
11. Outlook.

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