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Contact LinguisticsBilingual Encounters and Grammatical Outcomes$
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Carol Myers-Scotton

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299530.001.0001

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The Roots of Language Contact

The Roots of Language Contact

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(p.30) 2 The Roots of Language Contact
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Contact Linguistics
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CAROL MYERS-SCOTTON

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299530.003.0002

This chapter focuses on social factors promoting bilingualism, and ultimately, language contact phenomena. The costs and rewards of bilingualism (e.g., language as political capital and bilingualism's social and economic advantages) are surveyed. The social motivations to engage in codeswitching, as a rational choice, are discussed within the framework of a Markedness Model. Language shift (replacement of an L1) is discussed.

Keywords:   factors promoting bilingualism, motivations for codeswitching, rational choice, Markedness Model, language shift

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