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Contact LinguisticsBilingual Encounters and Grammatical Outcomes$
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Carol Myers-Scotton

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299530.001.0001

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Concluding Remarks: The Out of Sight in Contact Linguistics

Concluding Remarks: The Out of Sight in Contact Linguistics

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Contact Linguistics


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This chapter includes hypotheses derived from the Matrix Language Frame (MLF) model, the 4-M model, and the Abstract Level model. Two themes are apparent. First, asymmetry characterizes the relationship of languages in all contact phenomena. Second, different morpheme types have different types of connections to abstract grammatical structure: content and early system morphemes are conceptually-activated, but late system morphemes (bridges and outsiders) are structurally-assigned. These differences affect the distribution of different morpheme types in contact phenomena.

Keywords:   MLF model, 4-M model, Abstract Level model, asymmetry, morpheme types, conceptually-activated morphemes, structurally-assigned morphemes

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