The Genesis of Sri Lanka Malay

The Genesis of Sri Lanka Malay

A Case of Extreme Language Contact

eBook - 2013
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About 50,000 ethnic Malays live on the island of Sri Lanka, though not all of them speak Malay, and there seems to be an ongoing shift from Malay to English and Sinhala. In 10 studies from a November 2010 workshop in Leipzig, Germany, linguists who specialize in the Sri Lankan form of Malay explore the related sociology, history, demography, and language contact. Among the topics are a synchronic grammar of Sri Lanka Malay, new findings on contacts, issues of power and privilege in maintaining the language, hijacked constructions in second language acquisition, and the genesis of Sri Lanka Malay as a multi-layered process. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Sri Lanka Malay shows extreme language contact: Malay phonology and lexicon are squared with clearly Indian morphosyntax and semantics. Historical, anthropological, typological and structural approaches shed light on the complex genesis and rapid evolution of this language.

Publisher: Leiden : Brill, 2013
ISBN: 9789004242258
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Nordhoff, Sebastian - Editor


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