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Linguistic Areas
Convergence in Historical and Typological Perspective
 
 
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02 May 2006
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What are linguistic areas? How do we identify them? Does the study of linguistic areas require particularly tailored methodologies, or are linguistic areas simply ordinary cases of contact-induced change, amplified through several sets of contact situations? These and other questions form the core of the discussion presented in this collection. The authors address issues of definition and theory of linguistic areas, analyse the process of convergence, and introduce methods to assess the impact of language contact across geographical zones. New cases studies are introduced which extend the corpus of areas described so far. They are accompanied by discussions that revisit some of the better-established linguistic areas


Description

What are linguistic areas? How do we identify them? Does the study of linguistic areas require particularly tailored methodologies, or are linguistic areas simply ordinary cases of contact-induced change, amplified through several sets of contact situations? These and other questions form the core of the discussion presented in this collection. The authors address issues of definition and theory of linguistic areas, analyse the process of convergence, and introduce methods to assess the impact of language contact across geographical zones. New cases studies are introduced which extend the corpus of areas described so far. They are accompanied by discussions that revisit some of the better-established linguistic areas


Contents

List of Figures and Maps
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction; A.McMahon, Y.Matras & N.Vincent
Areal Linguistics: A Closer Scrutiny; L.Campbell
All or Nothing; T.Stolz
Keeping Contact in the Family: Approaches to Language Classification and Contact-induced Change; A.McMahon & R.McMahon
Linguistic Areas, Language Contact and Typology: Some Implications from the Case of Ethiopia as a Linguistic Area; W.Bisang
Structural Isoglosses between Khoekhoe and Tuu: The Cape as a Linguistic Area; T.Güldemann
The Sri Lanka Sprachbund: The Newcomers Portuguese and Malay; P.Bakker
On the Roles of Turkic in the Caucasus Area; L.Johanson
The Circle That Won't Come Full: Two Potential Isoglosses in the Circum-Baltic Area; M.Koptjevskaja-Tamm
Complex Emotion Predicates in Eastern Indonesia: Evidence for Language Contact?; S.Musgrave
Another Look at Australia as a Linguistic Area; C.Bowern
Towards a Typology of the Siberian Linguistic Area; G.D.S.Anderson
Index


Authors

YARON MATRAS is Professor of Linguistics in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, University of Manchester, UK.

APRIL MCMAHON is Forbes Professor of English Language, at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and President of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain.

NIGEL VINCENT is Associate Dean and Mont Follick Professor of Comparative Philology in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, University of Manchester, UK.