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Isolation and Language Change

Contemporary and Sociohistorical Evidence From Tristan da Cunha English

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Extremely isolated communities offer 'laboratory conditions' for examining the processes of language change and dialect formation. This book presents findings of the first-ever ethnographic fieldwork on the most remote island in the world with a permanent population, Tristan da Cunha. It documents the historical formation of a unique local dialect and investigates the sociolinguistic mechanisms that underlie dialect contact and new-dialect formation. It also uncovers the linguistic consequences of post-insularity - language change processes as a result of increasing contacts with other communities and speakers. Researchers and students of language variation will find this book a unique resource.


Titel: Isolation and Language Change
Autoren/Herausgeber: D. Schreier
Aus der Reihe: Palgrave Studies in Language Variation
Ausgabe: 1st ed. 2003

ISBN/EAN: 9781349509249

Seitenzahl: 237
Format: 21,6 x 14 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 0 g
Sprache: Englisch

DANIEL SCHREIER is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He has published extensively on contact linguistics and new-dialect formation and has taught and lectured in Switzerland, the USA and in New Zealand. - Newsletter
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