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Areal Convergence in Eastern Central European Languages and Beyond

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Edited By Luka Szucsich, Agnes Kim and Uliana Yazhinova

This book assembles contributions dealing with language contact and areal linguistics. The goal of the book is to investigate linguistic convergence in Europe with a strong focus on the languages of Eastern Central Europe which show many remarkable similarities. The focus is put on a methodical and empirical component in the investigation of two or more languages in the context of possible language contact phenomena. Languages of Eastern Central Europe and adjacent parts of Europe use a considerable amount of common vocabulary due to the transfer of loanwords during a long period of cultural contact. But they also share several grammatical features—phonological, morphological and syntactic ones. This book tackles lexical and grammatical phenomena in language contact situations. The authors take up diachronic, synchronic and language acquisitional perspectives, and discuss methodological problems for the field.

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List of Contributors

Luka Szucsich, Agnes Kim, Uliana Yazhinova

Introduction

Jerzy Gaszewski

Does Verb Valency Pattern Areally in Central Europe? A First Look

Jiří Januška

Central European Languages as a Complex Research Issue: Summarising and Broadening the Research Foci

Agnes Kim

Prepositions in the Melting Pot: High Risk of Infection. Language Contact of German in Austria with Slavic Languages and its Linguistic and Extra-Linguistic Description

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