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Review“This textbook’s comprehensive survey of language-contact phenomena will greatly facilitate further research on language creation and language change. For instance, Winford’s eclectic data samples and much in his discussion of language acquisition in Creole formation will help demystify Creole Exceptionalism – the age-old dogma that Creole languages are phylogenetically and typologically ‘abnormal’. It is thus that creolophones and creolists will be long indebted to Winford’s immense scholarship.” Michel DeGraff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“The volume’s extensive, linguistically detailed coverage will make this a stimulating textbook for upper level students with good prior grounding in linguistics.” Anthropological Linguistics
“Along with a comprehensive state-of-the-art presentation of the basic theories and notions in this field, Winford’s book is an exciting opening to the sophisticated and intricate universe of languages rubbing shoulders throughout the world … the book contains a wealth of scholarly material and experimental data which allows for broad perception of language contact.” Language Awareness
“This book is a very good new introduction to language contact, and a must read for all students in the area.” Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
It provides an account of current approaches to all of the major types of contact-induced change. Each chapter describes both the linguistic and social aspects of the contact situation and how ...
An Introduction to Contact Linguistics examines a wide range of language contact phenomena from both general linguistic and sociolinguistic perspectives.
We would have a right to be astonished if we found any language whose speakers had successfully avoided contacts with all other languages for periods longer than one or two hundred years." —Sarah Thomason, "Contact Explanations in Linguistics."
An Introduction to Contact Linguistics examines a wide range of language contact phenomena from both general linguistic and sociolinguistic perspectives. It provides an account of current approaches to all of the major types of contact-induced change.