Grammatical borrowing in cross-linguistic perspective

Yaron Matras, Jeanette Sakel

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The book contains 30 descriptive chapters dealing with a specific language contact situation. The chapters follow a uniform organisation format, being the narrative version of a standard comprehensive questionnaire previously distributed to all authors. The questionnaire targets systematically the possibility of contact influence / grammatical borrowing in a full range of categories. The uniform structure facilitates a comparison among the chapters and the languages covered. The introduction describes the setup of the questionnaire and the methodology of the approach, along with a survey of the difficulties of sampling in contact linguistics. Two evaluative chapters, each authored by one of the co-editors, draws general conclusions from the volume as a whole (one in relation to borrowed grammatical categories and meaningful hierarchies, the other in relation to the distribution of Matter and Pattern replication).

Original languageEnglish
PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
Number of pages598
ISBN (Electronic)9783110199192
ISBN (Print)9783110196283
StatePublished - 27 Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes

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© 2007 by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG,. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences

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