Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Language InterruptedSigns of Non-Native Acquisition in Standard Language Grammars$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John McWhorter

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309805

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309805.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 02 December 2020



Navajo as Default

(p.3) 1 Introduction
Language Interrupted

John McWhorter

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of complexity arguments regarding second-language acquisition. It argues that this neglect of the role of reduction in language contact beyond pidginization constitutes an empirical gap, neglecting a commonly encountered qualitative difference between related languages. This argument is founded on three basic assumptions: that in ordinary language change, grammars never become radically less complex overall; that radical simplification can be as central to the result of language contact as mixture; and that inflection is but one aspect of grammatical complexity.

Keywords:   language complexity, second language, non-native language acquisition, pidgin, language contact, mixture, inflection

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .