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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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Convergence and Attrition

Convergence and Attrition

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(p.164) 5 Convergence and Attrition
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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/9780198299530.003.0005

This chapter indicates similarities and differences between convergence and attrition. It defines convergence as the restructuring of a clause's frame, and attrition as a replacement of either lexical or grammatical elements or both. Attrition is surveyed in most detail, with the argument that critical grammatical morphemes (i.e., late system morphemes under the 4-M model) are the last to be replaced. Attrition data comes from Scottish Gaelic, German, and Turkish.

Keywords:   convergence, attrition, late system morphemes

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