Language Contact in the Territory of the Former Soviet Union
Diana Forker | Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Lenore A. Grenoble | University of Chicago
The former Soviet Union (USSR) provides the ideal territory for studying language contact between one and the same dominant language (Russian) and a wide range of genealogically and typologically diverse languages with varying histories of language contact. This is the first book that bundles different case studies and systematically investigates the impact of Russian at all linguistic levels, from the lexicon to the domains of grammar to discourse, and with varying types of outcomes such as relatively rapid language shift, structural changes in a relatively stable contact situation, pidginization and super variability at the post-pidgin stage. The volume appeals to linguists studying language contact and contact-induced language change from a broad range of perspectives, who want to gain insight into how one of the largest languages in the world influences other smaller languages, but also experts of mostly minority languages in the sphere of the former Soviet Union.
The book has won the AATSEEL prize in the 2022 Best Book in Linguistics category!
[IMPACT: Studies in Language, Culture and Society, 50] 2021. vi, 386 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
IntroductionDiana Forker and Lenore Grenoble | pp. 1–14
Nominal borrowings in Tsova-Tush (Nakh-Daghestanian, Georgia) and their gender assignmentJesse Wichers Schreur | pp. 15–34
Lexical convergence reflects complex historical processes: A case study of two borderline regions of RussiaIlia Yu. Chechuro | pp. 35–58
The ideological background of language change in Permic-speaking communitiesSvetlana Edygarova | pp. 59–84
Enets-Russian language contactOlesya Khanina | pp. 85–118
Izhma Komi in Western Siberia: At the crossroads of language contactEgor Kashkin and Nikita Muravyev | pp. 119–142
From head-final towards head-initial grammar: Generational and areal differences concerning word order usage and judgement among Udmurt speakersErika Asztalos | pp. 143–182
Russian influence on Surgut Khanty and Estonian aspect is limited but similarKatalin Gugán and Anne Tamm | pp. 183–216
Quotative indexes in Permic: Between the original strategies and RussianDenys Teptiuk | pp. 217–258
Some structural similarities in the outcomes of language contact with RussianDiana Forker and Lenore Grenoble | pp. 259–288
Why do two Uralic languages (Surgut Khanty and Erzya) use different code-switching strategies?Boglárka Janurik and Zsófia Schön | pp. 289–314
Analyzing Modern Chinese Pidgin Russian: Variability and the feature pool theoryElena Perekhvalskaya | pp. 315–344
The choice of forms in contact varieties: Linguistic vs. social motivation (on the base of language contact in the Russian-Chinese border area)Kapitolina Fedorova | pp. 345–368
Language data and mapsYuri Koryakov | pp. 369–380
Languages & language families | pp. 381–382
Subject index | pp. 383–386
“There is material in this theoretically up-to-date book of interest to all contact linguists, and it is also suitable for use in the classroom.”
Victor A. Friedman, University of Chicago, in Language in Society 51 (2022).
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009010 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2021002700 | Marc record