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The Routledge Handbook of Language Contact

1st Edition

Edited by Evangelia Adamou, Yaron Matras


576 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of Language Contact provides an overview of the state-of-the art of current research in contact linguistics. Presenting contact linguistics as an established field of investigation in its own right and featuring 26 chapters, this handbook brings together a broad range of approaches to contact linguistics, including:

  • experimental and observational approaches and formal theories;
  • a focus on social and cognitive factors that impact the outcome of language contact situations and bilingual language processing;
  • the emergence of new languages and speech varieties in contact situations, and contact linguistic phenomena in urban speech and linguistic landscapes.

With contributions from an international range of leading and emerging scholars in their fields, the four sections of this text deal with methodological and theoretical approaches, the factors that condition and shape language contact, the impact of language contact on individuals, and language change, repertoires and formation.

This handbook is an essential reference for anyone with an interest in language contact in particular regions of the world, including Anatolia, Eastern Polynesia, the Balkans, Asia, Melanesia, North America and West Africa.

Table of Contents


Evangelia Adamou and Yaron Matras

Part 1. Methods and theoretical approaches

1) Processing multilingual data

Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, Barbara Bullock, Jacqueline Serigos, and Gualberto A. Guzman

2) Language contact in the lab

Paola E. Dussias, Judith F. Kroll, Melinda Fricke, and Michael A. Johns

3) A variationist perspective on language contact

Shana Poplack

4) The 4-M model: different routes in production for different morphemes

Janice Jake and Carol Myers-Scotton

5) The grammar of codeswitching

Jeff MacSwan

6) Usage-based approaches

Ad Backus

Part 2. Processes and dimensions

7) Social factors

Kofi Yakpo

8) Language contact: pragmatic factors

Peter Auer

9) Cognitive factors of language contact

Kees de Bot and Lars Bulow

10) Typological factors

Felicity Meakins

11) Cross-language contact in the developing grammars of bilingual children

Jennifer Austin

12) First language attrition in the 21st century: How continued L1 contact in the digital age fuels language attrition theorizing

Merel Keijzer

Part 3. Outcomes

13) Borrowing

Yaron Matras and Evangelia Adamou

14) Codeswitching and bilinguals’ grammars

Rena Torres Cacoullos and Catherine Travis

15) Convergence

Björn Wiemer

16) Creoles and pidgins: why the latter are not the ancestors of the former

Salikoko Mufwene

17) Mixed languages

Carmel O’Shannessy

18) Linguistic landscape and urban multilingualism

Monica Barni, Carla Bagna, and Martina Bellinzona

19) Urban youth speech styles in multilingual settings

Margreet Dorleijn, Maarten Kossmann, and Jacomine Nortier

Part 4. Linguistic areas

20) The Balkans

Victor Friedman

21) Language contact in Anatolia

Anaïd Donabedian and Ioanna Sitaridou

22) Language contact in the Asian region

Umberto Ansaldo and Lisa Lim

23) Eastern Polynesia

Mary Walworth

24) Linguistic Melanesia

Antoinette Schapper

25) Language contact in North America

Marianne Mithun

26) Language contact in West Africa

Friederike Lüpke and Rachel Watson

About the Editors

Evangelia Adamou is Senior Researcher at the CNRS (France). She specializes in the analysis of endangered languages with a focus on language contact and bilingualism, combining corpus and experimental methods. Recent publications include: A corpus-driven approach to language contact (2016, Mouton de Gruyter) and The adaptive bilingual mind (under contract, Cambridge University Press).

Yaron Matras is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Manchester. His research interests include contact linguistics, urban multilingualism, typology, and language documentation. He has worked on dialects of Romani, German, Kurdish, and other languages, and is the founder of the Multilingual Manchester research unit.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative