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The areal dimension of grammaticalization  

Bernd Heine and Tania Kuteva

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
This article describes the areal dimension of grammaticalisation resulting from language contact. It shows that grammaticalisation is a ubiquitous process in language contact which may ... More

Assessing the role of contact in the history of English  

Raymond Hickey

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Nov 2012
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Nov 2012
Language contact has long been the subject of extensive research in linguistics, but has recently been the object of increased attention by scholars working on both the history of English ... More

Contact-induced change in English worldwide  

Edgar W. Schneider

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Nov 2012
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Nov 2012
Over the past few hundred years, and for the last few decades in particular, English has come into contact with a wide range of different languages across the globe due to colonial ... More

Early English and the Celtic hypothesis  

Raymond Hickey

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Nov 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines Celtic influence on early Old English, an issue that has recently been debated in detail, and re-examines arguments presented in studies of language contact and ... More

The English Origins Hypothesis  

Gerard Van Herk

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Jul 2015
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Aug 2015
This chapter situates the English Origins Hypothesis within academic and public discourses on language, ethnicity, and contact, suggesting that these may have influenced responses to the ... More

Grammaticalization and language contact  

Yaron Matras

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
This article examines the relation between language contact and grammaticalisation. It argues that the notion of contact-driven grammaticalisation represents an attempt to address these ... More

Historical Phonology and Koinéization  

Daniel Schreier

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Nov 2015
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Dec 2014
This article discusses the role of dialect contact in phonological change, i.e. when varieties of a language are transplanted to colonial settings. Focus is given to both the conditions ... More

Language contact in the Scandinavian period  

Angelika Lutz

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Nov 2012
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Nov 2012
Scholars of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, most of whom were interested in lexical differences between Old English (OE) and later stages of the language, had made a twofold ... More

Loanword Adaptation  

Christian Uffmann

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Nov 2015
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Dec 2013
This chapter looks at processes operating in loanword adaptation. Starting out with a typology of adaptations, looking at what we know empirically about how loanwords are adapted to the ... More

The Phonology of Language Contact  

Samuel Andersson, Oliver Sayeed, and Bert Vaux

This chapter surveys the impact of language contact on phonological systems. The phonology of one language may influence that of another in several ways, including lexical borrowing, rule ... More

Pidgins and creoles in the history of English  

Donald Winford

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Nov 2012
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Nov 2012
English colonial expansion and pursuit of trade during the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries gave rise to a wide array of colonial Englishes, among them the pidgin and creole varieties ... More

Prehistoric population contact and language change  

Brigitte Pakendorf

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The combination of in-depth molecular anthropological analyses and linguistic investigations exhibits some of the factors involved in the prehistoric language contact. The two parts of the ... More

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