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By Isabelle Léglise, Claudine Chamoreau

ISBN-10: 9027234922

ISBN-13: 9789027234926

This quantity is on the cross-roads among examine traditions facing language swap: touch linguistics and language version and alter. It starts off out from the thought that linguistic edition remains to be a bit researched quarter in such a lot contact-induced language switch experiences. aspiring to fill this hole, it deals a wealthy landscape of case reviews and techniques facing linguistic version in touch settings. It concentrates either on monolingual information, tracing version and call underneath floor homogeneity, and on bilingual information corresponding to code-switching and other kinds of version, to track their underlying regularities. It investigates the connection among edition and alter in language touch settings.
The publication should be appropriate for college kids and researchers involved linguistics, sociolinguistics, language version and alter, sociology of language, descriptive linguistics and linguistic typology.

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Table 3. Bislama null objects according to semantic type of the object (null object versus pronominal object) % null Total N 1st, 2nd person 21 8 3rd (human) 57 89 3rd (animate) 59 30 3rd (inanimate) 36 106 abstract N event, proposition 13 14 14 31 In frequency terms, first- and second-person objects are patterning most like objects of the clause that refer to events, propositions, or abstract nouns. Even within third person, the order of weightings does not look like an expected animacy hierarchy.

In this case, the weighting adjusts the frequencies (shown as “Total N” and “% null”) of a null subject to take into consideration the other constraints coded for. 5 indicates that that condition favors realization as a null subject. 5 indicates that that condition disfavors realization as a null subject. Table 1 shows that non-human, animate referents and inanimate referents disfavor realization as a null subject. Favor or disfavor in relation to what, though? Table 1 also provides two other statistics which are useful for interpreting what is going on here: the input probability and the χ2 per cell.

The roots of modern Bislama stabilized in the context of the sugar labor migrations. Finally, there was a purely practical consideration. Dorothy Jauncey, who conducted fieldwork on Malo also in the mid-1990s, kindly offered me access to some of the traditional stories she had recorded there, which could be used as the basis for the comparison I wanted to undertake. This corpus of tandono (“traditional stories”) was chosen because as a genre it more closely approximated the conversational nature of the Bislama corpus (see below) than the process texts which Jauncey also collected.

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