Grammatical borrowing in cross-linguistic perspective

  title={Grammatical borrowing in cross-linguistic perspective},
  author={Y. Matras and Jeanette Sakel},
The book contains 30 descriptive chapters dealing with a specific language contact situation. The chapters follow a uniform organisation format, being the narrative version of a standard comprehensive questionnaire previously distributed to all authors. The questionnaire targets systematically the possibility of contact influence / grammatical borrowing in a full range of categories. The uniform structure facilitates a comparison among the chapters and the languages covered. The introduction… 
Loanwords vs relics
Abstract One of the major issues in historical and contact linguistics is how to distinguish between inherited and acquired vocabulary in a given language: both traditional historical linguistics and
Revisiting the Borrowability Scale(s) of Free Grammatical Elements: Evidence from Modern Greek Contact induced Varieties
This article aims to test the general validity of borrowability scales by investigating contrastively two contact induced linguistic varieties of Greek. It tries to elucidate the factors that
Clause combining in Otomi before and after contact with Spanish
This contribution investigates two hypotheses with respect to clause combining on the basis of Otomi, a native language from Mexico, and Spanish, the colonial language which became the official language of that country after its independence.
Chapter 1. The influence of social, cultural, and natural factors on language structure: An overview
This book is an attempt to give an overview of how language interacts with its environment, or better, how actual linguistic structure is formed, changed and influenced by different aspects of the
Defining the limits of grammatical borrowing.
An examination of Romani and Domari, two Indo-Aryan languages spoken outside of India, shows that borrowing has an impact on a wide range of grammatical domains and categories, and suggests that some components of grammar offer more reliable indicators than others about shared historical-genetic inheritance.
Morpholological Borrowing and Genetic Relationship ‘Copies Versus Cognates in Bound Morphology’
This edited volume adds to the literature on language contact. It specifically deals with the borrowing of morphology, and addresses the methodological issue of how to dis-tinguish resemblances that
Grammatical borrowing from Spanish/Portuguese in some native languages of Latin America
Abstract In this paper I investigate how different factors can influence the range of grammatical categories affected by language contact, drawing on a sample of ten native languages of Latin
Introduction: Languages of the Mainland Southeast Asia linguistic area – Grammatical Sketches
Thomason and Kaufman’s 1988 book Language contact, creolization, and genetic linguistics had a stimulating effect on the fields of comparative and descriptive linguistics and inspired a number of
Conceptual and Empirical Arguments for a Language Feature: Evidence from Language Mixing
This chapter points to the relevance of Herschensohn’s Constructionist view of second language acquisition for the study of bilingual language mixing, and provides evidence of the benefits of language tagging in quantifying language mixing profiles and in classifying bilingual phenomena such as code-switching versus borrowing.
Language Contact, Inherited Similarity and Social Difference: The story of linguistic interaction in the Maya lowlands
This book offers a study of long-term, intensive language contact between more than a dozen Mayan languages spoken in the lowlands of Guatemala, Southern Mexico and Belize. It details the massive