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The Genesis of Sri Lanka Malay

Nordhoff, Sebastian [Hrsg.]:
The Genesis of Sri Lanka Malay : a Case of Extreme Language Contact / ed. by Sebastian Nordhoff. - Leiden : Brill, 2013. - xiii, 294 S. : Ill., Kt. - (Brill's studies in South and Southwest Asian languages ; 3)
ISBN 978-90-04-23413-0
EUR 107,00 / US$ 149,00
DDC: 499.287

In The Genesis of Sri Lanka Malay: A Case of Extreme Language Contact, the synchrony and diachrony of Sri Lanka Malay are investigated from a variety of angles: Experts on South Asia, South East Asia, Creole Studies, Areal Linguistics, Typology, and Sociolinguistics all contribute their share to a truly global analysis of one of the most extreme cases of language contact, where the Malays changed the whole morphosyntax of their language in as little as just over three centuries.
   The Genesis of Sri Lanka Malay informs theories of language contact, language change, and 'creolization', as well as sociolinguistics, language policy and planning and a critical analysis of the 'endangered language' discourse. [Verlagsinformation]

List of Tables. vii
List of Figures. ix
List of Contributors. xi
Acknowledgements. xv
Abbreviations. xvii
1. Introduction. 3
Sebastian Nordhoff
2. Synchronic Grammar of Sri Lanka Malay. 13
Sebastian Nordhoff
3. Sri Lanka Malay: New Findings on Contacts. 53
Peter Bakker
4. Known, Inferable, and Discoverable in Sri Lankan Malay Research. 85
Peter Slomanson
5. Issues of Power and Privilege in the Maintenance of Sri Lanka Malay: A Sociolinguistic Analysis. 121
Romola Rassool
6. The Lexical Sources of Sri Lanka Malay Revisited. 149
Scott Paauw
7. Sri Lankan Languages in the South-South Asia Linguistic Area: Sinhala and Sri Lanka Malay. 165
James W. Gair
8. Hijacked Constructions in Second Language Acquisition: Implications for Sri Lanka Malay. 195
Ian Smith
9. The Semantics of Serial Verb Constructions in Sri Lanka Malay. 233
Mohamed Jaffar
10. The Genesis of Sri Lanka Malay as a Multi-Layered Process. 251
Sebastian Nordhoff
Index. 281


SEBASTIAN NORDHOFF, Ph. D. (2009), University of Amsterdam, is postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Insitute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig. He works on languages of Sri Lanka, language contact, and Linguistic Linked Open Data. Next to his reference grammar of Sri Lanka Malay, he has published on its synchrony and diachrony. profile.

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  1. Nordhoff, Sebastian [Hrsg.] (2013).  The Genesis of Sri Lanka Malay: a Case of Extreme Language Contact. Brill's Studies in South and Southwest Asian Languages; 3. xiii, 294 S.