CARTA: How Language Evolves: Carmel O’Shannessy: How Languages Get New Structure

4/3/2015; 19 minutes

Contact languages represent some of the ways that new languages can be created, as they systematically combine elements from more than one existing language, resulting in novel linguistic systems. When multiple sources provide input to a rapidly emerging new system, elements are likely to be reanalyzed, and new structural categories may be created that differ from those in the source languages. In this talk Carmel O'Shannessy gives examples of restructuring in contact languages, including Light Warlpiri. Recorded on 2/20/2015. (#29398)

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