Usage-Based Contact Linguistics : Effects of Frequency and Similarity in Language Contact

Faculty/Professorship: Slavic Linguistics  
Author(s): Hakimov, Nikolay  ; Backus, Ad
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 459-481
Source/Other editions: Journal of Language Contact. 13 (2021), 3, S. 459-481, ISSN 1877-4091
is version of: 10.1163/19552629-13030009
Year of first publication: 2021
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY-NC - Attribution - NonCommercial 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-522493
The influence of usage frequency, and particularly of linguistic similarity on human linguistic behavior and linguistic change in situations of language contact are well documented in contact linguistics literature. However, a theoretical framework capable of unifying the various explanations, which are usually couched in either structuralist, sociolinguistic, or psycholinguistic parlance, is still lacking. In this introductory article we argue that a usage-based approach to language organization and linguistic behavior suits this purpose well and that the study of language contact phenomena will benefit from the adoption of this theoretical perspective. The article sketches an outline of usage-based linguistics, proposes ways to analyze language contact phenomena in this framework, and summarizes the major findings of the individual contributions to the special issue, which not only demonstrate that contact phenomena are usefully studied from the usage-based perspective, but document that taking a usage-based approach reveals new aspects of old phenomena.
GND Keywords: Sprachkontakt; Sprachgebrauch
Keywords: contact-induced change, code-switching, language mixing, usage, frequency effects, linguistic similarity
DDC Classification: 400 Language & linguistics  
RVK Classification: ES 555   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Type: Article
Release Date: 28. February 2022

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