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Language Contact in Indonesia

Nearly 800 languages are spoken in Indonesia, in addition to Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia), the national language. The great majority of Indonesians are therefore proficient in at least two languages, their local home language and Indonesian. This makes Indonesia an ideal location in which to study language contact. [more]

Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures (APiCS)

APiCS (The atlas of pidgin and creole language structures) has gathered comparable synchronic data on the grammatical and lexical structures of a large number of pidgin and creole languages. It has been published in four volumes (September 2013). [more]

Morphological Borrowing

This project studies morphological borrowing, i.e. the transfer of grammatical morphemes (inflection, derivation, and function words) from one language to another through language contact. [more]

Re-evaluation of the Witotoan/Boran family/ies

In this project we examine the relationship between the Boran languages (Bora and Muinane) and the Witotoan languages (Witoto proper, Ocaina, Nonuya) spoken in the Northwest Amazon. [more]

Language Contact in Sri Lanka

This project investigates the interaction between the languages of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has, among all linguistic areas, the decisive advantage of being rather small with regard to the languages concerned (half a dozen or less) and being geographically clearly defined, viz.. by the Indian Ocean. [more]

The Kalahari Basin area: a 'Sprachbund' on the verge of extinction

The KBA project attempts to untangle some aspects of the complex linguistic and population history of the southern African groups speaking languages other than from the Bantu family. These are commonly subsumed under the unsubstantiated concept of a “Khoisan” family but might turn out to share certain traits because of convergence processes within a geographical area. The project will pursue a two-tiered approach, investigating southern Africa as a linguistic area from a broad perspective as well as offering fine-scaled studies of individual contact situations. The overall approach is a multidisciplinary one in involving linguists, molecular anthropologists and social anthropologists. [more]

Inheritance and contact in a language complex: the case of Taa varieties (Tuu family)

Taa, the only surviving member of the Tuu family (formerly "Southern Khoisan") with a substantial number of speakers, is a large cluster of dialects spoken by small bands of former hunter-gatherers (commonly referred to as "San") and stretching geographically from east-central Namibia from the Nossob River over the former Aminuis reserve into the Ghanzi and Kgalagadi Districts of Botswana up to a line Okwa-Tsetseng-Dutlwe-Werda. Mutual intelligibility usually exists between neighboring varieties, but differences between geographically remote dialects can amount to a linguistic distance found between languages. However, the dialectal diversity of Taa is still hardly documented. [more]

Documentation of N!aqriaxe with a focus on contact influence

The purpose of this project is to document the highly endangered language N!aqriaxe. It is spoken in the Kalahari region in southern Botswana in the Kweneng district. The 40 speakers of the language are still found in the villages of Motokwe, Khekhenye, Tswaane, Dutlwe and probably some others. Like other minority languages (especially those of Khoisan origin) in Botswana, and elsewhere in southern Africa, this language is in danger of becoming extinct; most N!aqriaxe-speakers are older than 50 years and do not pass their language on to the younger members of the community. [more]