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Language Contact, Creolization, and Genetic Linguistics Reprint Edition

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"For the integration of contact-induced language change into historical linguistics this book constitutes the greatest breakthrough since Uriel Weinreich's "Languages in Contact of 1953, and I am convinced it will be the touchstone for the further development of the discipline for years to come."--Edgar W. Schneider, "English World-Wide

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Sarah Grey Thomason is Professor of Linguistics and Terrence Kaufman is Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh.
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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (February 12, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520078934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520078932
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 28, 2003
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This book is a milestone in contact-linguistics. However, it is worthwhile to read Uriel Weinreich's 1953 Languages in Contact first, which is not outdated despite its date. Thomason & Kaufman are at times simplistic in their discussion of social factors as the primary determinant of language change outcomes, and the linguistic factors they accept as important in determining the outcome of language-contact should not be taken without a grain of salt. For example, 'universal markedness' is a concept which should be booed at every time it is used.
On the whole, however, this book is a clear, insightful and complex discussion of the mechanics of language-contact (incidentally, it is much better than Thomason's later book on the same subject, Language Contact: An Introduction).
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This is the most important book about language contact and historical linguistics ever. It's very well written, and data-rich. Every historical linguist and sociolinguist should read it.
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A good overview of how languages are affected when in contact, having to do with social factors which place a language in a substrate or superstrate position.
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By Monica on October 9, 2014
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quick delivery and good quality of the product
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By Amy B. on February 25, 2013
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I read the first few chapters as required reading for a Linguistics course I am taking. It is quite dry and didn't really interest me, but I suppose it gets a lot of information across.
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