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Areal Linguistics

Areal Linguistics  

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This entry includes the following subentries:OverviewGeographical Distribution of Linguistic FeaturesOverviewGeographical Distribution of Linguistic FeaturesThis field is the study of resemblances ...
Black English Vernacular

Black English Vernacular  

In modern times, Black English vernacular is alternately referred to as African American vernacular English, Black English, inner-city English, Ebonics, or African American English, although the last ...
Borrowing

Borrowing  

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This entry includes the following sub-entries:OverviewLoanword PhonologyOverviewLoanword PhonologyThe term borrowing has been used with varying scope in linguistics. It has sometimes been applied ...
creole

creole  

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Name applied to American-born descendants of the French and Spanish settlers of Latin America. The term did not originally mean persons of mixed white and Negro blood, although this is one of its ...
creolization

creolization  

The process whereby a pidgin language becomes a creole language. decreolization n. A process whereby speakers of a creole language, co-existing in a community with a standard language that is ...
Diglossia

Diglossia  

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The concept of diglossia has remained at the heart of debates in sociolinguistics and in studies of language contact for almost five decades.1. Classic definitionThe classic concept of ...
Interlanguage

Interlanguage  

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In the late 1960s, researchers came to realize that many systematic errors made by second-language (L2) learners could not easily be ascribed to interference from their mother tongues. Some aspects ...
lingua Franca

lingua Franca  

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A mixture of Italian with French, Greek, Arabic, and Spanish, formerly used in the Levant; lingua franca now denotes a language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native ...
Portuguese

Portuguese  

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A member of the Romance family of languages, Portuguese was originally the dialect of the county of Portugal in the Kingdom of Galicia; it achieved linguistic independence when Portugal became ...

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