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Linguistic Epidemiology

Semantics and Grammar of Language Contact in Mainland Southeast Asia

By N.J. Enfield

Routledge – 2002 – 416 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics

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Description

This important new study examines in detail a semantic-pragmatic pattern surrounding the basic verb 'acquire' in nearly 30 Southeast Asian languages, concentrating on Lao, Vietnamese, Khmer, Kmhmu, Hmong, and varieties of Chinese.

The book makes a significant contribution to empirical work on semantic and grammatical change in a linguistic area, as well as representing theoretical advances in cognitive semantics. Gricean pragmatics, semantic change, grammaticalization, language contact, and areal linguistics. The book also examines how changes in the speech of individuals actually become changes in large-scale public convention, 'language contact' is reconsidered, and traditional distinctions such as that between 'internal' and 'external' linguistic mechanisms are challenged.

This groundbreaking new book is for specialists in Southeast Asian linguistics as well as scholars of descriptive semantics and pragmatics, grammaticalisation, linguistic change and evolution, areal linguistics and language contact, history and linguistic anthropology.

Contents

Part I: Preliminaries

Part II: Lao

Part III: Other sample languages

Part IV: Conclusion

Name: Linguistic Epidemiology: Semantics and Grammar of Language Contact in Mainland Southeast Asia (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By N.J. Enfield. This important new study examines in detail a semantic-pragmatic pattern surrounding the basic verb 'acquire' in nearly 30 Southeast Asian languages, concentrating on Lao, Vietnamese, Khmer, Kmhmu, Hmong, and varieties of Chinese.The...
Categories: Asian Studies, Grammar, Syntax & Linguistic Structure, Historical Linguistics