ERIC Number: ED390275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Causation in Language Contact: A Devilish Problem. CLCS Occasional Paper No. 41.
A study investigated the evolution of the use of "devil" (or as it is often spelled to represent the vernacular, divil) as part of a negation "Divil a one" (= "not a one") in Irish and Hiberno-English and traces the influence of language contact in this history. While it is found that multiple causes resulted in the development of the "devil" negation, the influences of substrate, superstrate, and universal factors are unequal. It is concluded that the principle of minimal necessity applies here: when substrate influence can be posited for the same structure in two or more language contact situations, and when this influence arises independently in at least one of the situations, the substrate is the primary causal factor in both, unless there is evidence that the structure could not have developed without a contribution from superstrate influence. contains 46 references. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Diachronic Linguistics, English, Foreign Countries, Irish, Language Research, Language Variation, Linguistic Theory, Negative Forms (Language), Regional Dialects, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Secretary, Centre for Language and Communication Studies, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Trinity Coll., Dublin (Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies.
Identifiers: England; Ireland; Language Contact; Scotland