Convergence and Divergence in Language Contact Situations

| University of Hamburg
| University of Hamburg
ISBN 9789027219282 | EUR 75.00 | USD 113.00
ISBN 9789027288820 | EUR 75.00 | USD 113.00
This book deals with the consequences of converging and diverging processes and their development in language contact situations. It provides insights into the various forms of language contact and the conditions under which bilingual speakers master their every-day life in bilingual communities. Its nine contributions cover both theoretical and typological aspects, such as the classification of languages, the role of language contact, linguistic complexity and spontaneous speech innovations, and convergence and divergence processes in translation, (morpho)syntax and phonology/phonetics. Taken together, these studies provide challenges for linguistic theories that generalize from situations of monolingualism suggesting instead that a sound linguistic theory cannot be a theory for just one single, isolated language but must be a theory for at least two languages. It must also account for the fact that some structures involved in contact situations are not kept apart but develop in such a way that the distance decreases between the languages involved.
[Hamburg Studies on Multilingualism, 8]  2009.  viii, 241 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Challenges to accepted views of convergence and divergence in language contact situations
Divergence, convergence, contact: Challenges for the genealogical classification of languages
Georg Bossong
Increases in complexity as a result of language contact
Östen Dahl
Converging genetically related languages: Endstation code mixing?
Kurt Braunmüller
Part II. Convergence and divergence in different varieties in oral and written discourse
Part II. Convergence and divergence in different varieties in oral and written discourse
Converging verbal phrases in related languages: A case study from Faro-Danish and Danish-German language contact situations
Karoline Kühl and Hjalmar P. Petersen
Convergence and divergence of communicative norms through language contact in translation
Viktor Becher, Juliane House and Svenja Kranich
On the importance of spontaneous speech innovations in language contact situations
Robert E. Vann
Part III. Phonological processes of variation and change in bilingual individuals
Part III. Phonological processes of variation and change in bilingual individuals
Comparing the representation of iambs by monolingual German, monolingual Spanish and bilingual German-Spanish children
Javier Arias and Conxita Lleó
Author index
Subject index
“This collection makes it clear that no language system should be viewed in isolation; instead these pieces urge us on toward a future in which contact and multilingualism are acknowledged as central to the story of language evolution. This volume will be a useful resource for a number of experts, especially as a review of relevant theoretical issues, and will be particularly welcomed by language contact specialists on Scandinavian, Germanic and Iberian languages.”
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BIC Subject: CFDM – Bilingualism & multilingualism
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2009034587