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ERIC Number: ED116454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Pages: 8
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A Graded Analysis of Interference as a Cause of Change.
Domingue, Nicole Z.
A situation of linguistic contact often produces various degrees of change in at least one of the languages involved. It is shown that the syntactic, as well as the phonological and the lexical, components are the locus of interference from one language on the other. Features of interference are described as part of a systematic pattern build on a strict hierarchy of occurrence. The study takes as an example two languages spoken in Mauritius. Bhojpuri, an Indo-Aryan dialect, appears to be undergoing a rapid evolution under the influence of the island's dominant language, Creole (French based). An implicational scale is set up, based on speech samples, to show which features of Creole interference in Bhojpuri imply others: in the variety of Bhojpuri which is the least influenced by Creole, only lexical items naming modern concepts are found. The variety of Bhojpuri which is the most influenced by Creole contains syntactic transfers, phonological borrowings, and words belonging to the 100-word list of the lexico-statisticians. The in-between varieties are specifically defined by the order in which innovations appear on the scale. In this way, the scale of interference represents the systematic pattern of change which Bhojpuri appears to be undergoing. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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