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The contributors to this collection address issues of definition and theory of linguistic areas, analyze the process of convergence, and introduce methods to assess the impact of language contact across geographical zones. New cases studies are introduced which extend the corpus of areas described so far. They are accompanied by discussions that revisit some of the more ...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Christopher
Oct 06, 2008 Christopher rated it it was amazing
LINGUISTIC AREAS ed. Matras, McMahon and Vincent is a collection of 11 papers on areal linguistics, from scholars holding a variety of different views. I cannot comment on all the contributions here, as I stuck to what might be relevant to my own research, but I'll point out what I found insightful.

The first two papers intriguingly suggest doing away with the term Sprachbund. Lyle Campbell's paper "Areal linguistics: a closer scrutiny" and Thomas Stolz' "All or nothing" recommend focusing on the
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