The Ecology of Language Evolution
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- Author: Salikoko S. Mufwene, University of Chicago
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This major new work explores the development of creoles and other new languages, focusing on the conceptual and methodological issues they raise for genetic linguistics. Written by an internationally renowned linguist, the book surveys a wide range of examples of changes in the structure, function and vitality of languages, and suggests that similar ecologies have played the same kinds of roles in all cases of language evolution. The Ecology of Language Evolution will be welcomed by students and researchers in sociolinguistics, creolistics, theoretical linguistics and theories of evolution.Read more
- This major work explores the development of creoles and other new languages
- Author is world authority on creole languages
- Will appeal to a wide range of disciplines especially sociolinguistics, creolistics, theoretical linguistics and theories of evolution
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"Mufwene's proposals will undoubtedly interest linguists and theorists of evolution alike." Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis
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- Date Published: January 2005
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511031519
- contains: 3 b/w illus. 7 maps 6 tables
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
2. The founder principle in the development of creoles
3. The development of American Englishes: factoring contact in and the social bias out
4. The legitimate and illegitimate offspring of English
5. What research on the development of creoles can contribute to genetic linguistics
6. Language contact, evolution and death: how ecology rolls the dice
7. Past and recent population movements in Africa: their impact on its linguistic landscape
8. Conclusions for the big picture.
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