ERIC Number: EJ1017888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
How Optimal Is the Optimization Model?
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v16 n4 p743-745 Oct 2013
Pieter Muysken's article on modeling and interpreting language contact phenomena constitutes an important contribution.The approach chosen is a top-down one, building on the author's extensive knowledge of all matters relating to language contact. The paper aims at integrating a wide range of factors and levels of social, cognitive, and linguistic accounts, incorporating findings on bilingual individuals in the same way as on language systems in contact and bilingual speech communities. It enables the reader to place seemingly disparate phenomena in a wider perspective and to relate quite divergent manifestations of language contact to one another in a principled way. In accordance with its ambitious goal, the paper proposes a high level of generalization, or abstraction.
Descriptors: Generalization, Bilingualism, Linguistic Theory, Social Environment, Models, Sociolinguistics, Language Variation, Cultural Context
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