Cambridge core sociolinguistics languages in contact by lisa lim introducing new findings from popular culture the globalised new economy and computer mediated communication this is a fascinating study of contact between languages in modern societies. Language contact can and frequently does trigger or influence the development of grammar in a number of ways overall however the same kind of processes and directionality can be observed in both still there is reason to assume that language contact in general and grammatical replication in particular may accelerate grammatical change . But many other contact situations have led to language transfer of various types often so extensive that new contact languages are created one such situation rather rare today involves contact between relatively small groups leading to extensive multilingualism and diffusion of both vocabulary and grammar across their languages. This remains the fundamental base for studies of multilingual communities and language shift weinreich laid out the concepts principles and issues that govern empirical work in this field and it has not been replaced by any later general treatment prof dr william labov university of pennsylvania department of linguistics
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