Evidentiality and language contact

Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. (2018) Evidentiality and language contact. In: Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y., (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Evidentiality. Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 148-172.

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[Extract] If a number of languages are in contact, with many speakers of one language having some knowledge of the other, then they typically borrow linguistic elements back and forth¬ habits of pronunciation, phonemes, grammatical categories, vocabulary items, and even some grammatical forms. Borrowing may extend over all or most of the languages in a geo¬graphical region. We then get large-scale linguistic diffusion, defining the region as a 'lin¬guistic area'. Languages in contact tend to converge: we find similar meanings obligatorily expressed, and parallel structures developed.1

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Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2018 04:58
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