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Language Evolution: Contact, Competition and Change - Salikoko S. Mufwene

Language Evolution: Contact, Competition and Change - Salikoko S. Mufwene

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_span lang=EN-US__span lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: en-us"_Languages are constantly changing. New words are added to the English language every year, either borrowed or coined, and there is often railing against the 'decline' of the language by public figures. Some languages, such as French and Finnish, have academies to protect them against foreign imports. Yet languages are species-like constructs, which evolve naturally over time. Migration, imperialism, and globalization have blurred boundaries between many of them, producing new ones (such as creoles) and driving some to extinction. _/span__?xml:namespace prefix = o /__o:p__/o:p__br/_

_span lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: en-us"_This book examines the processes by which languages change, from the macroecological perspective of competition and natural selection. In a series of chapters, Salikoko Mufwene examines such themes as:_/span__o:p__/o:p_ _/p__br/_

_span lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: en-us"_-        natural selection in language_o:p__/o:p__/span_ _/p__br/_

_span lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: en-us"_-        the actuation question and the invisible hand that drives evolution_o:p__/o:p__/span_ _/p__br/_

_span lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: en-us"_-        multilingualism and language contact _o:p__/o:p__/span__/p__br/_

_span lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: en-us"_-        language birth and language death_o:p__/o:p__/span_ _/p__br/_

_span lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: en-us"_-        the emergence of Creoles and Pidgins _o:p__/o:p__/span__/p__br/_

_span lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: en-us"_-        the varying impacts of colonization and globalization on language vitality _o:p__/o:p__/span__/p__br/_

_span lang=EN-US style="mso-ansi-language: en-us"_This comprehensive examination of the organic evolution of language will be essential reading for graduate and senior undergraduate students, and for researchers on the social dynamics of language variation and change, language vitality and death, and even the origins of linguistic diversity._/span__/span__/p_

Author: Mufwene, Salikoko S.
Publisher: Continuum
Illustration: n
Language: ENG
Title: Language Evolution: Contact, Competition and Change
Pages: 00376 (Encrypted PDF)
On Sale: 2008-03-31
SKU-13/ISBN: 9780826493699
Category: _!-- LAN009000 --_Language Arts & Disciplines : Linguistics - General