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The Handbook of Language Contact offers systematic coverage of the major issues in this field ranging from the value of contact explanations in linguistics, to the impact of immigration, to dialectology combining new research from a team of globally renowned scholars, with case studies of numerous languages.
An authoritative reference work exploring the major issues in the field of language contact: the study of how language changes when speakers of distinct speech varieties interactBrings together 40 specially-commissioned essays by an international team of scholarsExamines language contact in societies which have significant immigration populations, and includes a fascinating cross-section of case studies drawing on languages across the worldAccessibly structured into sections exploring the place of contact studies within linguistics as a whole; the value of contact studies for research into language change; and language contact in the context of work on language and societyExplores a broad range of topics, making it an excellent resource for both faculty and students across a variety of fields within linguistics
Raymond Hickey is Professor of Linguistics at Essen University, Germany. His main areas of research are varieties of English (especially Irish English) and general questions of language contact, shift, and change as well as computer corpus processing. He has published widely, the most recent titles being
A Sound Atlas of Irish English (2004),
Legacies of Colonial English (2004),
Dublin English: Evolution and Change (2005),
Irish English: History and Present-Day Forms (2007), and
Eighteenth-Century English: Ideology and Change (2010). He has also published over 80 articles on various issues within linguistics and produced an electronic corpus of Irish English.
Release date Australia
April 13th, 2010
Edited by Raymond Hickey
Country of Publication
Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
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