LNGS 724: Contact Linguistics


The field of Contact Linguistics is replete with several sub-fields, each concerned almost exclusively with the study of one language contact phenomenon rather than another. In this course, a great deal of attention will be paid to appraising theories that relate to the language contact phenomena that are chosen for in-depth discussion in a given semester. Bilingualism, language endangerment, borrowing and codeswitching, mixed languages, pidgin and creole languages, linguistic change and diffusion, and metatypy are some of the phenomena to be discussed. Students will be required to test given theories with original data they have collected in the sub-region.