Language contact research: scope, trends and possible future directions

Jeroen Darquennes, Joseph Salmons, Wim Vandenbussche

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This chapter plays tribute to John R. Rickford’s language contact work in the Caribbean and United States and highlights his international influence. The main part of the chapter examines connections between the creolist and variationist strands in Rickford’s work with sociolinguistic studies in South Africa. I will highlight aspects of my own work that have operated in parallel with that of Rickford in relation to (1) plantation and post-plantation sociolinguistics of the country’s large population of Indian origin, (2) pidgin linguistics pertaining to the contact language, Fanakalo, (3) studies of youth languages in relation to urban vernaculars and ‘styling,’ and (4) the role of Black English varieties in post-apartheid South Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage Contact
Subtitle of host publicationAn International Handbook
EditorsJeroen Darquennes, Joseph Salmons, Wim Vandenbussche
Place of PublicationBerlin
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-044106-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameHandbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
PublisherDe Gruyter
ISSN (Print)1861-5090


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