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Contact Linguistics: Bilingual Encounters and Grammatical Outcomes

Carol Myers-Scotton


Contact Linguistics is a critical investigation of grammatical structures when bilingual speakers use their two or more languages in the same clause. Myers-Scotton examines major contact phenomena, such as lexical borrowing, convergence, attrition, mixed languages, and creole formation, but especially codeswitching. She argues that different contact phenomena result from the same grammatical principles and processes. They provide a set of limited options so that predictions are possible about expected outcomes, even if social milieux differ. She extends her earlier analysis of cod ... More

Keywords: language contact phenomena, codeswitching, lexical borrowing, convergence, attrition, mixed languages, creole formation, Matrix Language Frame, 4-M model, Abstract Level model

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198299530
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299530.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Myers-Scotton, author
Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, University of South Carolina
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