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Traces of contact: Language contact studies and historical linguistics

Objective

This project aims to establish criteria by which results from language contact studies can be used to strengthen the field of historical linguistics. It does so by applying the scenario model for language contact studies to a number of concrete settings, which differ widely in their level of aggregation and dime depth: the languages of the Amazonian fringe in South America, the complex multilingual setting of the Republic of Suriname, the multilingual interaction of immigrant groups in the Netherlands, and two groups of multilingual individuals. New methods from structural phylogenetics are employed, and the same linguistic variables (TMA and evidentiality marking, argument realization) will be studied in the various projects. In the various projects, use will be made from a shared questionnaire, so that comparable data can be gathered. By applying the scenaio model at various levels of aggregation, a more principled link between language contact studies and historical linguistics can be established.

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/linguistics
  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general

Call for proposal

ERC-2008-AdG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-AG - ERC Advanced Grant

Host institution

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 499 950
Principal investigator
Pieter Muysken (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Els Den Os (Dr.)

Beneficiaries (1)

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 2 499 950
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Pieter Muysken (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Els Den Os (Dr.)