Contact linguistics

Michael MeeuwisJan-Ola Östman
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The purpose of this article is to give an overview of issues related to the linguistic impact of various types of contact between languages, to what happens when languages come into contact, and when they are (not) in contact. While paying specific attention to issues directly relevant to pragmatics, the exposition here will be a fairly general survey of the existing research on language-contact phenomena, with an attempt to present the — often implicit — large-scale framework of study in this field.

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