By Doris Stolberg
The booklet investigates the diachronic measurement of contact-induced language swap according to empirical facts from Pennsylvania German (PG), quite a few German in long term touch with English. Written information released in neighborhood print media from Pennsylvania (USA) among 1868 and 1992 are analyzed with appreciate to semantic adjustments within the argument constitution of verbs, using impersonal buildings, observe order adjustments in subordinate clauses and in prepositional word constructions.
The study goal is to track language switch in accordance with diachronic empirical info, and to evaluate even if current types of language touch make provisions to hide the long term advancements present in PG. the focal point of the research is therefore twofold: first, it presents an in depth research of chosen semantic and syntactic alterations in Pennsylvania German, and moment, it hyperlinks the empirical findings to theoretical ways to language contact.
Previous investigations of PG have drawn a roughly static, instead of dynamic, photo of this touch type. the current learn explores how the dynamics of language touch can lead to language blending, borrowing, and, finally, language swap, bearing in mind psycholinguistic approaches in (the head of) the bilingual speaker.