Language contact phenomena describe the linguistic varieties, or intrusions of one variety into another, that arise when speakers confront a new language. Language contact is one of the principal causes of linguistic change and diversity, and of central interest in historical, social, anthropological, and general linguistics. This book provides an account of contact outcome theories, including the author's own. It should have coursebook potential for advanced undergraduates and graduates.
Carol Myers-Scotton is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of South Carolina. She is a specialist in sociolinguistics and language contact phenomena with a special interest in East and Southern African linguistics. In 1993, she published two volumes on codeswitching, Social Motivations for Codeswitching: Evidence from Africa, and Duelling Languages: Grammatical Structure in Codeswitching (both OUP). She has also edited a volume of
essays on language and literature (OUP 1998) and has published a number of articles in her areas of interest.