This volume critically exposes problems in present language contact analysis and uses empirical findings to provide answers to the following questions. What can we learn from the study of language contact for our knowledge of languages, their dynamics and their functions (systemic elaborations, language practices, semiotic developments)? How should linguistic theory incorporate the empirical findings of language contact studies, and how could these alter underlying postulates of existing models (choice of analysis and epistemic framework)? Which role has language contact been playing in the history of linguistic research and academic life? And how has this idea influenced individual researchers and their approaches?
|Publisher:||Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||Brill Studies in Language Contact and Dynamics of Language Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Robert Nicolaï is a French linguist, member of the Institut Universitaire de France, recipient of the Research award Alexander von Humboldt, Emeritus Professor at the Université de Nice, founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Language Contact. He has published numerous articles and books, and has been instrumental in questioning established hypotheses on the evolution of Songhay languages as well as revisiting theoretical frameworks and attempting to establish an epistomological framework for language dynamics and the construal of meaning. He explores at once language contact phenomena, semiotic dynamics. Correlatively, his approach has led him to delve more deeply into the epistemology of the Humanities and how meanings take hold.Contributors are Ad Backus, Françoise Gadet, Juan Carlos Godenzzi, Philippe Hambye, Inga Hennecke, Georges Lüdi, Aleksi Mäkilähde, Angelita Martinez, Joseph Salmons, Alyson Sewell, Janne Skaffari, Adriana Speranza and Andrée Tabouret-Keller.
Table of Contents
List of Maps, Tables and Figures vii
List of Contributors ix
Introduction Robert Nicolaï 1
Part 1 Questioning Language Contact as 'Concept'
1 Contact des langues et contraintes de la description: réflexions épistémologiques sur les 'limites', à partir du songhay septentrional Robert Nicolai 17
2 Le « parler plurilingue » comme lieu d'émergence de variétés de contact Georges Lüdi 58
3 Towards a Usage-Based Account of Language Change: Implications of Contact Linguistics for Linguistic Theory Ad Backus 91
4 Contact de langues et connectivityé écolinguistique Juan Carlos Godenzzi 119
5 Linguistic Variation, Cognitive Processes and the Influence of Contact Angelita Martínez Adriana Speranza 153
Part 2 Questioning Language Contact as 'Phenomenon'
6 Contact and Ethnicity in "Youth Language" Description: In Search of Specificity Françoise Gadet Philippe Hambye 183
7 How Far-Reaching are the Effects of Contact? Parasitic Gapping in Wisconsin German and English Alyson Sewell Joseph Salmons 217
8 Code-Switching in Historical Materials: Research at the Limits of Contact Linguistics Janne Skaffari Aleksi Mäkilähde 252
9 Contact-Induced Language Change in Bilingual Language Processing Inga Hennecke 280
Part 3 Questioning Language Contact as 'Construction'
10 Limites objectives et limitations subjectives des effets de contact entre parlers Andrée Tabouret-Keller 313
Index of Authors 325
Index of Languages 330
Index of Concepts and Notions 332