Principles in the emergence and evolution of linguistic features in World Englishes

Principles in the emergence and evolution of linguistic features in World Englishes

von Tobias Weber
Taschenbuch - 9783954891917
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Beschreibung

This study deals with different explanatory models for the emergence or existence of linguistic features in varieties of the English language. After a brief overview of the current research, five non-standard varieties from all over the world, ranging from a traditional dialect to pidgins and creoles, are analyzed in two morphosyntactic and two phonological features. The theoretical approaches are discussed with reference to the features, providing recommendations for or advice against certain explanatory models. Finally, Bybee's usage-based functionalist approach and the usage-based synthesis of new-dialect formation according to Ansaldo are highlighted as plausible explanations for the features. Formalist, descriptive universals are rejected in favour of functionalist, cognitive universals in human language processing, acquisition and evolution, as they occur in language contact or speaker contact scenarios - the driving force of language change.

Details

Verlag Anchor Academic Publishing
Ersterscheinung Januar 2014
Maße 220 mm x 155 mm x 7 mm
Gewicht 171 Gramm
Format Taschenbuch
ISBN-13 9783954891917
Auflage Nicht bekannt
Seiten 100

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