Linguistic Theory, Language Contact, and Modern Hindustani: The Three Sides of a Linguistic Story

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P. Lang, 1995 - Philosophy - 153 pages
This book raises some important questions about formal linguistics and functionalist sociolinguistics when they encompass the same subject matter, linguistic borrowing and code-switching/mixing. These questions arise in the context of formalist and functionalist accounts of language contact and are tested here against some interesting Hindustani-English contact facts from India. The test reveals what these paradigms contribute to our understanding of language contact (and language in general) and precisely where they seem to go wrong.

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The Author: Rajendra Singh, Ph.D. (Brown) is Professor of Linguistics at the Université de Montréal. He has held visiting appointments at several institutions including M.I.T., Universiteit van Amsterdam, and the National University of Singapore. He has published extensively on language-contact, sociolinguistics, phonology, and morphology. His other recent and forthcoming books include Explorations in Indian Sociolinguistics (1995) and Trubetzkoy's Orphan (forthcoming).

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