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Title: Language Contact and Second Language Acquisition
Contributor(s): Siegel, Jeff  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Languages are said to come into contact when their speakers interact with one another. The linguistic and sociolinguistic consequences of long-term contact between languages arc studied in the subfield of linguistics called 'contact linguistics'. Two of the major concerns of contact linguistics are contact-induced language change and the formation of new contact varieties such as new dialects, pidgins and creoles. However, the actual site of language contact is in the minds of individuals using more than one language (Weinreich (1970) [1953]). Thus, second language acquisition (SLA), an individual psycholinguistic process involving two languages is by definition a kind of language contact. Changes that occur in languages, or the new varieties that emerge, must have originated in individuals' ways of speaking. This chapter examines the role of processes of SLA in individuals that may ultimately lead to the outcomes of language change or the emergence of new contact varieties in communities of speakers.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: The New Handbook of Second Language Acquisition, p. 569-589
Publisher: Emerald
Place of Publication: Bingley, United Kingdom
ISBN: 1848552408
Field of Research (FOR): 200406 Language in Time and Space (incl Historical Linguistics, Dialectology)
200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
950202 Languages and Literacy
HERDC Category Description: B3 Chapter in a Revision/New Edition of a Book
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