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On the sociolinguistic typology of linguistic complexity loss

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Title: On the sociolinguistic typology of linguistic complexity loss
Authors: Trudgill, Peter
Issue Date: Aug 2012
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Trudgill, Peter. 2012. On the sociolinguistic typology of linguistic complexity loss. In Frank Seifart, Geoffrey Haig, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, Dagmar Jung, Anna Margetts, and Paul Trilsbeek (eds). 2012. Potentials of Language Documentation: Methods, Analyses, and Utilization.96-104. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
Series/Report no.: LD&C Special Publication
Abstract: The nature of the human language faculty is the same the world over, and has been so ever since humans became human. This paper, however, considers the possibility that, because of the influence which social structure can have on language structure, this common faculty may produce structurally different types of language under different sociolinguistic conditions. Changing sociolinguistic conditions in the modern world are likely to have the consequence that, in time, the only languages remaining in the world will be severely atypical of how languages have been throughout most of human history.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4521
ISBN: 978-0-9856211-0-0
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections:LD&C Special Publication No. 3: Potentials of Language Documentation: Methods, Analyses, and Utilization



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