[lg policy] book notice: Language Contact

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 16 19:56:53 UTC 2010

  Yaron Matras – Language Contact


*Yaron Matras – Language Contact*
Cambridge University Press | ISBN: 0521825350 | 2009-10-12 | PDF | 384 pages
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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.
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