Languages in Contact: The Partial Restructuring of Vernaculars

  • Publish Date: 2008-07-10
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: John Holm
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Accounting for the structural differences between non-creole language varieties (such as African-American English, Afrikaans and Brazilian Vernacular Portuguese) and the European source languages out of which they grew, John Holm argues that these differences resulted from partial restructuring . Whereas some of the source languages' morphological and syntactic features were retained, a significant number of features from the non-native speakers' languages were also introduced. Holm identifies the linguistic processes leading to partial restructuring, bringing into focus an aspect of contact-induced language change which has previously not been analyzed.