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J. N. Adams, Mark Janse, and Simon Swain

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245062.001.0001

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Approaching Bilingualism in Corpus Languages

Approaching Bilingualism in Corpus Languages

(p.23) 2 Approaching Bilingualism in Corpus Languages
Bilingualism in Ancient Society


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This chapter examines a few of the more important themes, issues, and parameters in recent and current research on bilingualism. The focus is on corpus languages rather than ancient or classical languages because examples are drawn from, and apply to, medieval, early modern, and prehistoric as well as ancient languages, oriental as well as western, and substandard as well as standard — classical — varieties. The term ‘corpus language’ is preferred over ‘dead language’ because the latter need not arise through language death, and language death often yields not a dead language but no language at all. This chapter looks at bilingualism and diglossia, as well as bilingualism and biculturalism, language choice, interference, and bilingualism and language change.

Keywords:   bilingualism, corpus languages, diglossia, biculturalism, laguage death, language choice, interference, language change

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