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Language Contact


Admission requirements



Contact linguistics is the study of the effect of language contact on the forms and structures of languages. In this course, language contact will be studied from a number of perspectives:

  • contact induced change and the take-over of lingusitic materials – language simplification because of language contact (creoles, pidgins…) – language mixing – mixed codes of language use

Course objectives

The course aims at providing the students with a good background in the main issues in contact linguistics.

Mode of instruction

2-hour weekly seminar

Assessment method

A written paper at the end of the course. Students will also give presentations and discuss readings. Their performance will influence the overall grade for the course



Reading list

Donald Winford. 2003. An introduction to contact linguistics. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Further readings will be provided during the course

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