The articles of this quantity are founded round competing perspectives on language switch initially offered on the 2003 overseas convention on old Linguistics within the vital plenary papers by means of Henning Andersen and William Croft. The latter proposes an evolutionary version of language swap inside of a domain-neutral version of a ‘generalized research of selection’, while Henning Andersen takes it that cultural phenomena couldn't probably be dealt with, i.e. saw, defined, understood, within the similar method as average phenomena. those papers are versions of succinct presentation of significant theoretical framework. the opposite papers current and talk about extra types of switch, e.g. invisible hand-processes, system-internal versions, practical and cognitive types. such a lot papers don't sign up for the evolutionary version; in its place, they concentrate on sensible components within the choice and propagation of editions (as against elements of code efficiency), or on cognitive and pragmatic views. numerous papers are encouraged via the overdue Eugenio Coseriu and by means of Henning Andersen’s theories on language swap. specifically, the amount comprises articles offering attention-grabbing grammaticalization experiences and prolonged versions of grammaticalization. The transparent presentation of vital and competing methods to primary questions bearing on language switch might be of excessive curiosity for students and scholars operating within the box of diachrony and typology. The languages spoke of within the papers comprise Cantonese, the Chukotko-Kamchatkan languages, Danish, English, Eskimo languages, German, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
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