The Handbook of Language Contact


The Handbook of Language Contact offers systematic coverage of the major issues in this field – ranging from the value of contact explanations in linguistics, to the impact of immigration, to dialectology – combining new research from a team of globally renowned scholars, with case studies of numerous languages.

  • An authoritative reference work exploring the major issues in the field of language contact: the study of how language changes when ...
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The Handbook of Language Contact offers systematic coverage of the major issues in this field – ranging from the value of contact explanations in linguistics, to the impact of immigration, to dialectology – combining new research from a team of globally renowned scholars, with case studies of numerous languages.

  • An authoritative reference work exploring the major issues in the field of language contact: the study of how language changes when speakers of distinct speech varieties interact
  • Brings together 40 specially-commissioned essays by an international team of scholars
  • Examines language contact in societies which have significant immigration populations, and includes a fascinating cross-section of case studies drawing on languages across the world
  • Accessibly structured into sections exploring the place of contact studies within linguistics as a whole; the value of contact studies for research into language change; and language contact in the context of work on language and society
  • Explores a broad range of topics, making it an excellent resource for both faculty and students across a variety of fields within linguistics
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Editorial Reviews

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“This volume represents a welcome addition to the literature on language contact, assembling contributions from international experts to offer an extensive resource which encompasses a broad range of language contact research.”  (The Linguist List, 12 April 2014)

"Despite its century-long history, contact linguistics has received unprecedented attention in the past decades, and it is in this context that one must view the publication of ''The handbook of contact linguistics'' (henceforth HLC), edited by Raymond Hickey for the Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics series. While a handbook is essentially a reference work aimed at introducing particular concepts for a given discipline, it is also, by its encompassing nature, an opportunity to capture the current state of that discipline and the directions in which it is moving." (The Linguist, 6 January 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118347157
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 882
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Hickey is Professor of Linguistics at Essen University, Germany. His main areas of research are varieties of English (especially Irish English) and general questions of language contact, shift, and change as well as computer corpus processing. He has published widely, the most recent titles being A Sound Atlas of Irish English (2004), Legacies of Colonial English (2004), Dublin English: Evolution and Change (2005), Irish English: History and Present-Day Forms (2007), and Eighteenth-Century English: Ideology and Change (2010). He has also published over 80 articles on various issues within linguistics and produced an electronic corpus of Irish English.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors


Language Contact: Reconsideration and Reassessment Raymond Hickey Hickey, Raymond 1

Part I Contact and Linguistics 29

1 Contact Explanations in Linguistics Sarah Thomason Thomason, Sarah 31

2 Genetic Classification and Language Contact Michael Noonan Noonan, Michael 48

3 Contact, Convergence, and Typology Yaron Matras Matras, Yaron 66

4 Contact and Grammaticalization Tania Kuteva Kuteva, Tania 86

5 Language Contact and Grammatical Theory Karen P. Corrigan Corrigan, Karen P. 106

6 Computational Models and Language Contact April McMahon McMahon, April 128

Part II Contact and Change 149

7 Contact and Language Shift Raymond Hickey Hickey, Raymond 151

8 Contact and Borrowing Donald Winford Winford, Donald 170

9 Contact and Code-Switching Penelope Gardner-Chloros Gardner-Chloros, Penelope 188

10 Contact and Dialectology David Britain Britain, David 208

11 Contact and New Varieties Paul Kerswill Kerswill, Paul 230

12 Contact and Change: Pidgins and Creoles John Holm Holm, John 252

Part III Contact and Society 263

13 Scenarios for Language Contact Pieter Muysken Muysken, Pieter 265

14 Ethnic Identity and Linguistic Contact Carmen Fought Fought, Carmen 282

15 Contact and Sociolinguistic Typology Peter Trudgill Trudgill, Peter 299

16 Contact and Language Death Suzanne Romaine Romaine, Suzanne 320

17 Fieldwork in Contact Situations Claire Bowern Bowern, Claire 340

Part IV Case Studies of Contact 359

18 Macrofamilies, Macroareas, and Contact Johanna Nichols Nichols, Johanna 361

19 Contact and Prehistory: The Indo-European Northwest Theo Vennemann Vennemann, Theo 380

20 Contact and the History of Germanic Languages Paul Roberge Roberge, Paul 406

21 Contact and the Early History of English Markku Filppula Filppula, Markku 432

22 Contact and the Development of American English Thomas C. Purnell Purnell, Thomas C. 454

23 Contact Englishes and Creoles in the Caribbean Edgar W. Schneider Schneider, Edgar W. 478

24 Contact and Asian Varieties of English Umberto Ansaldo Ansaldo, Umberto 498

25 Contact and African Englishes Rajend Mesthrie Mesthrie, Rajend 518

26 Contact and the Celtic Languages Joseph F. Eska Eska, Joseph F. 538

27 Spanish and Portuguese in Contact John M. Lipski Lipski, John M. 550

28 Contact and the Development of the Slavic Languages Lenore A. Grenoble Grenoble, Lenore A. 581

29 Contact and the Finno-Ugric Languages Johanna Laakso Laakso, Johanna 598

30 Language Contact in the Balkans Brian D. Joseph Joseph, Brian D. 618

31 Contact and the Development of Arabic Kees Versteech Versteech, Kees 634

32 Turkic Language Contacts Lars Johanson Johanson, Lars 652

33 Contact and North American Languages Marianne Mithun Mithun, Marianne 673

34 Language Contact in Africa: A Selected Review G. Tucker Childs Childs, G. Tucker 695

35 Contact and Siberian Languages Brigitte Pakendorf Pakendorf, Brigitte 714

36 Language Contact in South Asia Harold F. Schiffman Schiffman, Harold F. 738

37 Language Contact and Chinese Stephen Matthews Matthews, Stephen 757

38 Contact and Indigenous Languages in Australia Patrick McConvell McConvell, Patrick 770

39 Language Contact in the New Guinea Region William A. Foley Foley, William A. 795

40 Contact Languages of the Pacific Jeff Siegel Siegel, Jeff 814

Author Index 837

Subject Index 844

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