Language Contact (SML3017)

15 credits

Language contact is a very frequent phenomenon. Languages have been in contact throughout history. In this module we will study the linguistic outcomes of language contact: lexical borrowing, code-switching, interference in second-language acquisition, pidgins and creoles formation. As learners of one or more languages you may have experienced the effects of language contact, either by switching from one language to another in the same conversation or by noticing instances of interference from your first language into the language you are learning. Examples from English and other modern European languages will be discussed and you will be encouraged to reflect on your own experience of language learners.