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By Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (Editor), Dixon Robert M. W., R. M. Dixon (Editor)

ISBN-10: 0199207836

ISBN-13: 9780199207831

ISBN-10: 142947050X

ISBN-13: 9781429470506

The current quantity examines the ways that linguistic qualities could swap in a touch state of affairs. It comprises an encyclopaedic advent, which units out a basic thought of contact-induced swap, and twelve next chapters, which examine the results of language touch on grammatical platforms in various languages belonging to diversified geographical components and numerous forms.

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As the Aborigines came in contact with European invaders and their counting practices, this gap was Wlled either through borrowed forms, or by exploiting native resources. 1 of Chapter 4): kinship terms lacked a plural and developed it following a Ewe mould (also see Factor 8 below). 1 of Chapter 13). As Carlin (§5, Chapter 13) put it, ‘it was for reasons of ‘‘feeling the need’’ to express the same obligatory categories’ present in Cariban languages that Mawayana had to develop a nominal past. Iroquoian languages have developed coordinating conjunctions out of erstwhile adverbs (Mithun 1992a) to Wll a structural gap.

1 of Chapter 13 on the verb ‘say’). Along similar lines, the usage of locative cases and argument structure in Tigak (Jenkins 2000: 249–50) is changing to match the pattern of the dominant Tok Pisin. In traditional Evenki (Tungusic), the agent of the passive was marked with dative case; under Russian inXuence, it is now frequently marked with instrumental (Grenoble 2000: 109–10). In Karaim (Turkic), a construction employing the postposition ‘with’ is used to express the meaning of ‘be in the function of ’, under the inXuence of the Russian instrumental case used with exactly the same meaning (Csato´ 2001: 274).

We may also get loss of a term: if one language in a region has a dual category but this is lacking from all its neighbours, then there may be diVusional pressure to lose the dual. That is, the system gets reduced or expanded without being restructured. 1 of Chapter 13). Cantonese innovated a proximal demonstrative morpheme, possibly from a Tai-Kadai source (§1 of Chapter 1). And Yidiny has borrowed a Wrst person pronoun Œali ‘any two people, one of them me’ from Dyirbal (Dixon 2002: 286–7). Contact-induced changes may involve signiWcant restructuring of a grammatical system, changing the language’s typological proWle.

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