A New Look at Language Contact in Amerindian Languages
Claudine Chamoreau, CNRS (CEMCA, SEDYL-CELIA)
Zarina Estrada Fernández, Universidad de Sonora
Yolanda Lastra, UNAM-IIA (eds.)
The purpose of the studies presented in this book is to analyze a fundamental question for researchers interested in the linguistic consequences of language contact; that is, the role played by differences in typology. Are there particular constraints in regard to the different structures that can be transferred from one language to another when the donor and the recipient languages differ considerably in their typology?
All the contributions in this volume deal with languages spoken in America. The comparison of the typological characteristics of the languages is a prerequisite for the study of contact in different sociolinguistic situations. The papers illustrate different types of contact-induced changes, analyzing consequences of linguistic contact at morphosyntactic and prosodic levels, taking into account a cross-linguistic typological perspective. They show that although any linguistic feature can be transferred, some hierarchies may be drawn and that typological aspects of the languages involved in a contact situation put certain constraints on the type of what may be borrowed. Some contributions also point out the relevance of sociolinguistic and pragmatic factors in linguistic changes in settings involving contact.
Table of contents
“Sticky” Discourse Markers in Language Contact between Unrelated Languages: Tojolab’al (Mayan) and Spanish
Mary Jill Brody
Some Typological Differences between Chuj and Tojolabal
(Changing) Word Prosody in Nahuatl
On the development of analytic constructions in Purepecha
Typological Differences among Middle Constructions in some Uto-Aztecan Languages
Zarina Estrada Fernández and Rolando Félix Armendáriz
Language Contact and Language Typology: Anything Goes, but not Quite
Ewald Hekking, Dik Bakker, and Jorge Gómez Rendón
An Evaluation of the Linguistic Vitality of Contact Languages: the English-based Limonese Creole of Spanish-speaking Costa Rica
Paucity of Loans in Jonaz-Chichimec
Differences in Incorporation of Spanish Elements in Guarani Texts and Guarani Elements in Spanish Texts in Paraguayan Newspapers
Index of subjects
Index of Languages
Index of Names
ISBN 9783862880300. LINCOM Studies in Native American Linguistics 64. 218pp. 2011.