You are here

The Mixed Language Debate: Theoretical and Empirical Advances (Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [Tilsm] #145) (Hardcover)

The Mixed Language Debate: Theoretical and Empirical Advances (Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [Tilsm] #145) Cover Image
By Yaron Matras (Editor), Peter Bakker (Editor)
Email or call for price.
Usually Ships in 2-3 Days

Description


Mixed Languages are speech varieties that arise in bilingual settings, often as markers of ethnic separateness. They combine structures inherited from different parent languages, often resulting in odd and unique splits that present a challenge to theories of contact-induced change as well as genetic classification. This collection of articles is devoted to the theoretical and empirical controversies that surround the study of Mixed Languages. Issues include definitions and prototypes, similarities and differences to other contact languages such as pidgins and creoles, the role of codeswitching in the emergence of Mixed Languages, the role of deliberate and conscious mixing, the question of the existence of a Mixed Language continuum, and the position of Mixed Languages in general models of language change and contact-induced change in particular. An introductory chapter surveys the current study of Mixed Languages.

Contributors include leading historical linguists, contact linguists and typologists, among them Carol Myers-Scotton, Sarah Grey Thomason, William Croft, Thomas Stolz, Maarten Mous, Ad Backus, Evgeniy Golovko, Peter Bakker, Yaron Matras.

About the Author


Yaron Matras, Manchester University, Great Britain; Peter Bakker, Aarhus University, Denmark.


Product Details
ISBN: 9783110177763
ISBN-10: 3110177765
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Publication Date: December 15th, 2003
Pages: 331
Language: English
Series: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [Tilsm]