Linguistic Convergence and Areal Diffusion: Case Studies from Iranian, Semitic and Turkic

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Taylor & Francis, 2004 M09 1 - 384 pages
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The authors are outstanding scholars engaged in the study of language varieties spoken in 'convergence areas' in which speakers are multilingual in languages of at least two but sometimes all three language families. Many of the contributions present new data collected in fieldwork. The geographic area covered is Western and Central Asia where varieties of Iranian, Semitic and Turkic languages have entered into many different types of contact. The intricate linguistic contact situations demonstrate highly interesting convergence phenomena.

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Éva Ágnes Csató is Professor of Turkic Languages at Uppsala University. Her main research interests are general comparative linguistic Turcology, language typology and descriptions of lesser-studied Turkic varieties.
Bo Isaksson is Professor of Semitic Languages at Uppsala University. Her research interests include Arabic dialects, comparative Semitic studies and the verbal aspect in Classical Hebrew.
Carina Jahani is Associate Professor on Iranian languages at Uppsala University. Her main areas of research are the Balochi language and its literature, Modern and Classical Persian grammar and sociolinguistics in Iran.

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