Language Contact

| May 28, 2011

Title: Language Contact

Author: Yaron Matras

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (October 12, 2009)

Check it out! P115.M38 2009

From the publisher: Most societies in today’s world are multilingual. ‘Language contact’ occurs when speakers of different languages interact and their languages influence each other. This book is an introduction to the subject, covering individual and societal multilingualism, the acquisition of two or more languages from birth, second-language acquisition in adulthood, language change, linguistic typology, language processing, and the structure of the
language faculty. It explains the effects of multilingualism on society and language policy, as well as the consequences that long-term bilingualism within communities can have for the structure of languages. Drawing on the author’s own first-hand observations of child and adult bilingualism, the book provides a clear analysis of such phenomena as language convergence, grammatical borrowing, and mixed languages.

About the author: Yaron Matras is Professor of Linguistics in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures at the University of Manchester. His recent publications include Romani: A Linguistic Introduction (Cambridge, 2002) and Markedness and Language Change (with Viktor Elˇs´ık, 2006).