Contact, Convergence, and Typology

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Language Contact
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781405175807
StatePublished - 16 Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • "balanced" or "fluent" bilinguals, or "secondary," "late," or "partial" bilinguals
  • "language convergence," similarities between two languages, lexical, phonological, typological
  • Approach to language contact - based on a view of language as the practice of communicative interaction
  • Contact phenomena - as enabling rather than as interfering with communicative activity
  • Contact, convergence, and typology
  • Contact-induced language change
  • Convergence and typological change
  • Language contact phenomena or "borrowings"
  • Pattern replication and pivot matching
  • Typological-universalist approach - to structural borrowing in language contact situations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities

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