By Doris Stolberg
The booklet investigates the diachronic measurement of contact-induced language swap according to empirical information from Pennsylvania German (PG), numerous German in long term touch with English. Written facts released in neighborhood print media from Pennsylvania (USA) among 1868 and 1992 are analyzed with appreciate to semantic adjustments within the argument constitution of verbs, using impersonal buildings, observe order adjustments in subordinate clauses and in prepositional word constructions.
The examine target is to track language swap according to diachronic empirical info, and to evaluate even if present versions of language touch make provisions to hide the long term advancements present in PG. the focal point of the learn is hence twofold: first, it presents an in depth research of chosen semantic and syntactic adjustments in Pennsylvania German, and moment, it hyperlinks the empirical findings to theoretical methods to language contact.
Previous investigations of PG have drawn a kind of static, instead of dynamic, photo of this touch sort. the current learn explores how the dynamics of language touch can lead to language blending, borrowing, and, ultimately, language switch, making an allowance for psycholinguistic approaches in (the head of) the bilingual speaker.
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Changes Between the Lines: Diachronic contact phenomena in written Pennsylvania German (Studia Linguistica Germanica) by Doris Stolberg