By Doris Stolberg
The publication investigates the diachronic size of contact-induced language swap in accordance with empirical information from Pennsylvania German (PG), quite a few German in long term touch with English. Written facts released in neighborhood print media from Pennsylvania (USA) among 1868 and 1992 are analyzed with appreciate to semantic adjustments within the argument constitution of verbs, using impersonal buildings, notice order adjustments in subordinate clauses and in prepositional word constructions.
The study goal is to track language switch in keeping with diachronic empirical information, and to evaluate even if present types of language touch make provisions to hide the long term advancements present in PG. the focal point of the research is therefore twofold: first, it presents an in depth research of chosen semantic and syntactic alterations in Pennsylvania German, and moment, it hyperlinks the empirical findings to theoretical ways to language contact.
Previous investigations of PG have drawn a kind of static, instead of dynamic, photo of this touch sort. the current learn explores how the dynamics of language touch can lead to language blending, borrowing, and, ultimately, language switch, making an allowance for psycholinguistic approaches in (the head of) the bilingual speaker.
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Changes Between the Lines: Diachronic contact phenomena in written Pennsylvania German (Studia Linguistica Germanica) by Doris Stolberg