On successful completion of this module, PhD students will be able to:
- navigate among the different facets of contact linguistics studies;
- demonstrate a deeper understanding of the thematic fields of ‘borrowing’ and ‘code switching’;
- observe linguistic phenomena under the lens of contact linguistics;
- provide a first classification of phenomena when confronted with them.
The course will provide an overview of the multifaceted domain of contact linguistics, focusing in particular on the linguistic outcomes of contact and on the role played by sociolinguistic factors.
The topics of borrowing and code switching will be dealt with in greater detail using first-hand examples drawn mainly from Italian-German contact and otherwise from the literature.
A practical introduction to empirical research methods in contact linguistics will be provided as well.
PhD Students can choose aspects of the module as topic of their term paper.
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