Language Contact, Creolization, and Genetic Linguistics

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University of California Press, Feb 12, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 428 pages
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Ten years of research back up the bold new theory advanced by authors Thomason and Kaufman, who rescue the study of contact-induced language change from the neglect it has suffered in recent decades. The authors establish an important new framework for the historical analysis of all degrees of contact-induced language change.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
11 BOAS VS SAPIR ON FOREIGN INFLUENCE vs GENETIC INHERITANCE
5
12 WHAT GENETIC RELATIONSHIP MEANS
9
The Failure of Linguistic Constraints on Interference
13
21 TYPOLOGICAL CONSTRAINTS
14
22 IMPLICATIONAL UNIVERSAL CONSTRAINTS
20
23 CONSTRAINTS BASED ON NATURALNESS
22
24 CONCLUSION
34
74 PIDGIN GENESIS AND CONTACTINDUCED LANGUAGE CHANGE
191
75 MONOGENESIS AND THE PROBABILITY OF PIDGINIZATION
194
Retrospection
200
82 COMPARATIVE RECONSTRUCTION AND CONTACTINDUCED LANGUAGE CHANGE
206
83 CONCLUSION
211
Case Studies
214
A CASE OF HEAVY BORROWING
215
92 MAA
223

ContactInduced Language Change An Analytic Framework
35
31 BORROWING VS INTERFERENCE THROUGH SHIFT
37
32 PREDICTING EXTENT AND KINDS OF INTERFERENCE
46
WHEN IS AN EXTERNAL EXPLANATION APPROPRIATE?
57
Language Maintenance
65
EXCLUSIVELY LEXICAL TO SLIGHT STRUCTURAL BORROWING
77
MODERATE TO HEAVY STRUCTURAL BORROWING
83
REPLACEMENT OF LARGE PORTIONS OF THE INHERITED GRAMMAR
100
Language Shift with Normal Transmission
110
52 SOME LINGUISTIC RESULTS OF SHIFT
115
Shift without Normal Transmission Abrupt Creolization
147
Pidgins
167
72 PIDGIN GENESIS AS A RESULT OF MUTUAL LINGUISTIC ACCOMMODATION
174
DIVERSITY IN PIDGIN STRUCTURES
181
93 MICHIF
228
94 MEDNYJ ALEUT
233
95 URALIC SUBSTRATUM INTERFERENCE IN SLAVIC AND BALTIC
238
96 AFRIKAANS
251
97 CHINOOK JARGON
256
98 ENGLISH AND OTHER COASTAL GERMANIC LANGUAGES OR WHY ENGLISH IS NOT A MIXED LANGUAGE
263
Notes
343
References
369
References to Middle English Texts
389
Index
391
NAMES OF SCHOLARS
398
SUBJECTS
402
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Sarah Grey Thomason is Professor of Linguistics and Terrence Kaufman is Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh.

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