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The Changing Languages of Europe

Bernd Heine and Tania Kuteva


The main goal of this book is to demonstrate that the languages and dialects of Europe are becoming increasingly alike. This unifying process — that goes at least as far back as the Roman empire — is accelerating and affects every one of Europe’s 150 or so languages, including those of different families such as Basque and Finnish. The changes are by no means restricted to lexical borrowing, but involve every grammatical aspect of the language. They are usually so minute that neither native speakers nor trained linguists notice them. But they accumulate and give rise to new grammatical structu ... More

Keywords: articles, borrowing, case marking, grammaticalization, replication, linguistic change, possession, subordination, transfer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199297337
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297337.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernd Heine, author
University of Cologne

Tania Kuteva, author
University of Dusseldorf
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