Language change in language obsolescence

Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. (2020) Language change in language obsolescence. In: Janda, Richard D., Joseph, Brian D., and Vance, Barbara S., (eds.) The Handbook of Historical Linguistics. Wiley Blackwell, Croydon, UK, pp. 447-467.

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All over the world, linguistic minorities are losing ground to dominant and more prestigious languages. Cultural practices contract, and language use dwindles. As a traditional language is "retreating, contracting, as it gradually falls into disuse" (Dixon 1991:199), the changes it undergoes may be drastic. Language endangerment, attrition and, ultimately, obsolescence and loss are primarily caused by social factors. A major reason is intensive pressure from another group whose language is perceived as offering greater political and economic prestige and advantages.

Item ID: 64564
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-118-73221-2
Keywords: Language endangerment, Language obsolescence, Language change, phonological, morphological
Copyright Information: © 2021 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2020 04:20
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4704 Linguistics > 470409 Linguistic structures (incl. phonology, morphology and syntax) @ 100%
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