ERIC Number: ED060710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Uses and Misuses of the Terms "Substratum" and "Superstratum."
Izzo, Herbert J.
The use of the terms "substratum" and "superstratum," used in diachronic linguistics to designate linguistic contact, leads to ambiguity, confusion, and specious arguments. Each term carries a chronological-geographic, a social, and a linguistic definition which increases the grounds for misunderstanding. The terms encourage thinking about language relationships in an unrealistic and deceptive way, as material substances piled up in layers. Clearer, more specific terms should be used to suggest the particular aspect of the relationship under consideration. "Upper" and "lower" might suggest a social relationship; "conquered" and "conquering" could be used to designate that particular situation of language influence. (VM)
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Authoring Institution: Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages, Portland, OR.
Note: In "Proceedings of the Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages," Twenty-Second Annual Meeting, held in Boise, Idaho, April 16-17, 1971, p257-265