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Relabeling in Language Genesis$
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Claire Lefebvre

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945290

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945290.001.0001

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Relabeling: A Central Process in Language Contact/Genesis

Relabeling: A Central Process in Language Contact/Genesis

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Relabeling in Language Genesis
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Claire Lefebvre

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945290.003.0002

The aim of this chapter is threefold. First, it assesses the role of relabeling in language contact situations, showing that processes referred to in the literature as relexification, calquing, transfer, etc., often correspond to what this work refers to as relabeling. Second, this chapter investigates the extent of relabeling across language contact and genesis situations. This highlights the importance of relabeling in a variety of language contact situations. Third, this chapter assesses the extent of relabeling across lexicons. It is shown that, in different situations, relabeling may affect different portions of the lexicon, yielding language varieties that do not look the same on the surface. The approach taken here highlights the importance of relabeling in a variety of language contact situations. Furthermore, it allows for a unified analysis of the contribution a single process can make to the development of various language varieties arising in different contact situations.

Keywords:   relabeling, relexification, calquing, language contact situations, language genesis, lexicons

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