Language Contact And Language Contact

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It is well-known that over the course of time all languages change, evolve and adapt to their users needs. In fact, it would be hard, if not impossible, to find a language that hasn’t been in one way or another influenced by other languages. One and possibly the main reason for which those linguistic changes occur is the fact that no language can exist in isolation, which results in a phenomenon known as language contact. At the most basic level, language contact can be described as “…the use of more than one language in the same place at the same time.” (Thomason 2001: 1). However, as Thomason notices, this definition is not free from flaws. One problem is that the definition focuses on the use of different languages, which in some situations, i.e. if the speakers remain passive to language exposure and don’t interact with one another, may not be enough for the language contact to occur. Another matter is the fact that nowadays, with the Internet becoming a global medium of multilingual communication, it is no longer necessary for the speakers to be in the same place to interact. Moreover, exposure to foreign or international media, such as books, music, television, movies, or radio, also can be considered as a form of contact between languages (Zabawa 2010: 220, Thomason 2001: 3). Language contact produces various linguistic outcomes that may result in a change in either one or both languages that come into contact with one another. Those effects may include changes in

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