Article published in:Language Typology and Historical Contingency: In honor of Johanna Nichols
Edited by Balthasar Bickel, Lenore A. Grenoble, David A. Peterson and Alan Timberlake
[Typological Studies in Language 104] 2013
► pp. 219–240
Who inherits what, when?
Toward a theory of contact, substrates, and superimposition zones
There has been much discussion on the kinds of linguistic traits that can be borrowed, and under what circumstances, and the relationship of different kinds of contact to areality. This article suggests that phonological aberrancies, in terms of the family to which a language belongs, in the core phonology are indicative of an older substrate, while morphosyntactic aberrancies indicate superimposition. A case study of Australian phonological systems is analyzed in terms of the typology presented, which when correlated with other nonlinguistic evidence reveals insights into human prehistory in that continent.
Published online: 13 December 2013
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