Contact Languages: Ecology and Evolution in Asia (Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact)

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Why do groups of speakers in certain times and places come up with new varieties of languages? What are the social settings that determine whether a mixed language, a pidgin or a Creole will develop, and how can we understand the ways in which different languages contribute to the new grammar? Through the study of Malay contact varieties such as Baba Malay, Cocos Malay and Sri Lanka Malay, as well as the Asian Portuguese vernacular of Macau, and China Coast Pidgin, this book explores the social and structural dynamics that underlie the fascinating phenomenon of the creation of new, or restructured, grammars. It emphasizes the importance and interplay of historical documentation, socio-cultural observation and linguistic analysis in the study of contact languages, offering an evolutionary framework for the study of contact language formation – including pidgins and Creoles – in which historical, socio-cultural and typological observations come together.

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“… [this] book is an extremely rich source of new information regarding the lingusitic, social, historical, cultural, and methodological aspects of CLF in Monsoon Asia.”
Yosuke Sato, National University of Singapore

“Ansaldo offers a detailed and highly informative historical account of trade and power relations in the region … [this book is] very suitable for beginners as well as specialists, and I would certainly recommend it as a secondary textbook for students of linguistics and related areas.”
Languages in Contrast –This text refers to the paperback edition.
Book Description
This book explores the social and structural dynamics that underlie the creation of new, or restructured, grammars. –This text refers to the paperback edition.
Book Description
This book explores the social and structural dynamics underlying the creation of new, or restructured, grammars, offering an evolutionary account of contact language formation in the linguistic ecology of Monsoon Asia, including contacts between languages and peoples of Malay, Chinese, Portuguese and English origin, before, during and after Western colonization. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Umberto Ansaldo is Associate Professor in Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong. He was formerly a Senior Researcher and Lecturer with the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication at the University of Amsterdam. He has also worked in Sweden and Singapore and conducted fieldwork in China, the Cocos and Christmas Islands and Sri Lanka. He is the co-editor of the Creole Language Library Series and has co-edited various journals and books including Deconstructing Creole (2007). –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Key Features
Format Trade Paperback
Language English
Publication Year 2013
Number of Pages 276 Pages

Dimensions
Item Length 9in.
Item Height 0.6in.
Item Width 6in.
Item Weight 13.1 Oz

Author Umberto Ansaldo
Table of Content Part I. Introduction: 1. Introduction to contact language formation; 2. Research questions; 3. The role of ecology in Asian contexts; 4. Theory of language and contact language formation; 5. Contact language formation beyond exceptional evolution; 6. Outlook; Part II. The Ecology of Monsoon Asia: 7. Monsoon Asia; 8. Sino-Javanese trade; 9. The city-ports; 10. Manpower in Southeast Asia; 11. The Western impact; Part III. Linguistic Ecologies of Southeast Asia: 12. Southeast Asia and the role of Malay; 13. Malay contact varieties; 14. Introducing contexts of formation; 15. The role of Portuguese in Southeast Asia and Southern China; 16. Summary; Part IV. Methodological Issues in the Study of Contact Languages: 17. The ideology of theory; 18. Multilingualism and transmission; 19. Conclusions; Part V. Contact Language Formation in Evolutionary Theory: 20. Competence, performance and socialization; 21. Language evolution and contact languages; 22. Functionalist assets for contact linguistics; 23. Conclusions; Part VI. Congruence and Frequency in Sri Lanka Malay: 24. The SLM community; 25. Selection and replication in SLM; 26. Freeing SLM from the chains of exceptionalism; 27. Final remarks; Part VII. Identity Alignment in Malay and Asian-Portuguese Diaspora: 28. The ecology of identity alignment; 29. Multiple alignments in contact settings; 30. Identity alignment and admixture; 31. Conclusions; Part VIII. Pidgin Ecologies of the China Coast: 32. Sociohistorical background of Europe-China relations; 33. The ecology of Macau and the Pearl River Delta; 34. Grammatical features of China Coast Pidgin; 35. The missing Makista link?; 36. Discussion; Part IX. Implications, Conclusions and New Horizons: 37. Theoretical and methodological implications; 38. Conclusions and new horizons; References; Index; Author index.
Copyright Date 2013
Target Audience Scholarly & Professional
Topic Creole Languages, General, Linguistics / General
Dewey Decimal 417/.220959
Series Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact Ser.
Dewey Edition 22
Illustrated Yes
Genre Foreign Language Study, Language Arts & Disciplines

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