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1st Edition

Understanding Language Contact

  • Available for pre-order on June 28, 2023. Item will ship after July 19, 2023
ISBN 9780367766597
July 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Understanding Language Contact offers an accessible and empirically-grounded introduction to contact linguistics. Rather than taking a traditional focus on the outcomes of language contact, this book takes the novel approach of considering these outcomes as an endpoint of bilingualism and multilingualism. Covering speech production and comprehension; language diffusion across different interactional networks and timeframes; and the historical outcomes of contact-induced language change, this book:

  • Discusses both how these areas relate to one another and how they correspond to different theoretical fields and methodologies;
  • Draws together concepts and methodological/theoretical advances from the related fields of bilingualism and sociolinguistics to show how these can shed new light on the traditional field of contact linguistics;
  • Presents up-to-date research in a digestible form;
  • Includes examples from a wide range of contact languages, including Creoles and pidgins, Indigenous, minority, and heritage languages, mixed languages, and immigrants' linguistic practices, to illustrate ideas and concepts;
  • Features exercises to test students’ understanding as well as suggestions for further reading to expand students’ knowledge in specific areas.

Written by three experienced teachers and researchers in this area, Understanding Language Contact is key reading for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students approaching bilingualism and language contact for the first time.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations



From milliseconds to minutes: What bilinguals do when they speak or sign

Chapter 1                                                                                                                               

Interactive alignment and implicit priming                                                                           

Chapter 2                                                                                                                               

Conceptual transfer                                                                                                                

Chapter 3                                                                                                                               

Cognitive costs and cognitive load                                                                                        


From minutes to years: What bilinguals do when they communicate with others


Chapter 4                                                                                                                               

Code-switching, repertoires and translanguaging                                                                                                                                                                                       

Chapter 5                                                                                                                               

Social networks and accommodation                                                                                    

Chapter 6                                                                                                                               

Acquisition and attrition                                                                                                        

Chapter 7                                                                                                                               

Language ideologies and dispositions                                                                                   



From years to centuries: How languages change through contact

Chapter 8                                                                                                                               

Contact-induced changes in grammar and borrowing                                                                                                                                                                                      

Chapter 9                                                                                                                               

Linguistic areas                                                                                                                      

Chapter 10                                                                                                                             

Creoles, pidgins and mixed languages                                                                                  

Chapter 11                                                                                                                             

Minority languages, heritage languages and immigrant linguistic practices                        



Answers to exercises                                                                                                             


Author Index                                                                                                                          

Subject Index

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Evangelia Adamou is Senior Researcher at the CNRS, France.

Barbara Bullock is Professor of French Linguistics at The University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Almeida Jacqueline Toribio is Professor of Linguistics at The University of Texas at Austin, USA.