TESL 704: 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. 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 (e.g. bilingualism, borrowing and codeswitching, interference, inter-language, pidgin and creole languages, and linguistic change and diffusion). Students will be required to test given theories with original data they have collected in the sub-region. Emphasis will be placed on phenomena in which English is a key player.