Language Contact

FRIT-F680 — Spring 2022

Kevin Rottet
LH 016
Days and Times
TR 1:15 P - 2:30 P
Course Description

Overlapping both with historical linguistics and with sociolinguistics, contact linguistics seeks to answer questions such as: What aspects of language structure are susceptible to contact-induced change? How can the nature of the contact setting affect the outcome? Following the theoretical frameworks articulated by Thomason & Kaufman and by Van Coetsem, Winford, and others, we will distinguish cases in which speakers act on their dominant language (RL-agentivity) from those where they act on a nondominant L2 (or L3...) (SL-agentivity), treating, inter alia, lexical borrowing, structural borrowing, areal phenomena and Sprachbünde (e.g. the Balkans, Mesoamerica), code-switching, shift-induced language change and the emergence of indigenized varieties (e.g. Hiberno-English, Cajun English). Finally, we will consider the most extreme outcomes of contact leading to new varieties known as pidgins (e.g. Mobilian Jargon, Chinese Pidgin English), creoles (e.g. Haitian Creole, Saramaccan), and bilingual mixed languages (e.g. Michif, Media Lengua). The course is joint listed with LING-L 625. 

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